Public safety at risk with new bill

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Without fanfare, 41 of 60 Illinois state senators and 62 of 118 Illinois representatives in Springfield voted YEA for SB 1451, the Fifth Generation (5G) Small Cell Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. Signed by Gov. Rauner on April 12, Illinois' bill was preceded by President Trump's March 23, 2018 signing of the Mobile Now Act. This "pole" tax bill could soon be visible on parkway street light poles. Not In My Front Yard has lost its voice with now Public Act (PA) 100-05851. All ability to say No, even by local governments, is denied.

On March 15, 2018, Michigan state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, former Department of Defense aerospace engineer, distributed scientific data, compiled by www.bioinitiative.org, highlighting wireless health risks. Included are cancer, neurological problems, immune system disorders, reproductive harm and harmful mutations of human DNA. 

Sen. Colbeck said, "Despite the convenience and the enormous economic growth potential associated with the internet of things ... the public health and general welfare of the people of the state are supposed to be our primary concern."

Our state reps ignored our Illinois Constitution's "Article XI-Environment, Public Policy Legislative Responsibility; the public policy of the state and the duty of each person is to provide and maintain a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the implementation and enforcement of this public policy."

In Illinois Review (April 4) writer Nancy Thorner quotes The Nation (April 23, 2018) investigation ... "antennas will have to be installed every 250 feet to ensure connectivity." How will that impact vegetable/fruit/prairie gardens, flowers, trees, butterflies, birds and bees? Will "people be bathed in a smog of radiation 24/7" as stated in the Nation by Joel Moskowitz, UC Berkley researcher?

Our local lawmakers' vote on SB 1451: 

Sen. Don Harmon/OP voted YEA 

Rep. Camille Lilly/OP voted YEA 

Rep. Kimberly Lightford/RF voted YEA 

Rep. Chris Welch/RF voted NAY 

Questions for our local legislators: 

Why did you vote as you did? 

Whose OP or RF 5G environmental views did you seek? 

P.S. Thanks to Timothy Inklebarger for "Oak Park considers regulating wireless antennae." [News, July 11]

Barbara Mullarkey is the founder of OPEN (Oak Park Environmental Network). 

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