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“Our Community” – Benefit Concert for PERRO and La Casita


Saturday, September 8th – Chi-Town Futbol – 2255 South Throop St.

Spread the word! The event is only weeks away.

Come hear DJ’s such as Madhouse Miguel and DJ Joe “Cool” Rodriguez and others at the 2012 “Our Community” benefit for PERRO and La Casita. Have a great night and help the community at the same time!

September 8th, 2012 8PM-2AM

Chi-Town Futbol – 2255 South Throop St.

Phone: (312) 854-9247

Concert Ticket Price
$ 15.00 Advance Ticket ($20 at the door)

PERRO Protests H. Kramer

Press Release: Local Groups Protest Deadly Lead Pollution from H. Kramer in Pilsen; Connect H. Kramer to NATO and the G8

Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 2:30 PM
Event: Press Conference
Location: 1345 W 21st Street

Chicago, IL — Local groups and residents including the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) gather on Saturday in front of the H. Kramer facility in the heavily polluted Pilsen community to actively protest that company’s decades of deadly lead emissions.

Protesters will demand that H. Kramer clean up its operations and accept conditions PERRO has asked it to follow as part of a 2011 lawsuit by the Illinois Attorney General for violations of lead emissions and improper operation of their pollution control systems. In February of this year, PERRO had a  public  hearing with the IL AG’s office and IL EPA to inform the community of the status of the litigation and demand a clean up of lead in the neighborhood’s soil. PERRO put together a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) that would have H. Kramer pay for the soil remediation efforts of surrounding homes, public parks, schools and community gardens. The SEP was rejected by H. Kramer.
Continue reading PERRO Protests H. Kramer

Both Plants to Close Early!!!

This note just came in from Doug McFarlan, the President of Midwest Generation, (owner of Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants):

Subject: News from Midwest Generation


I wanted to advise you that this afternoon Midwest Generation announced to our employees that we plan to shut down both the Fisk and Crawford plants in September of this year. Even though our agreements gave us the flexibility to run Fisk through the end of this year and Crawford through 2014, our ongoing economic analysis makes clear that it is in the best interests of our overall company that we take this action after running the plants through this summer’s peak demand period. We estimate that decommissioning work inside the plants will take about three months after shutdown to complete. Our next focus will be on working with the union representing our workers and within our management ranks to design the process and terms for a reduction in force that will affect all of the Midwest Gen plants and offices in Illinois.

I do not see this decision as impacting the work we have been doing with the mayor’s task force and community groups with respect to developing ideas for potential redevelopment uses and funding. The only material change is that we now know that both sites will cease being used for electric power generation by the end of this year, although, as we have discussed, significant ComEd infrastructure and operations remain on both sites.


Doug McFarlan

It’s Been a Long Campaign – but the Plants will now Close!

Below are just a sample of photos and video from PERRO’s involvement in the long campaign to end the pollution from Chicago coal-fired power plants.

If you have any photos or videos from this campaign, please feel free to share them with us at and we will add them to this page!


Press on the Plants Closing Big Announcement

National Press:

Time Magazine | Washington Post

Local Press:

Chicago Tribune | Chicago Sun-Times | Associated Press | Huffington Post | WGN TV | ABC News | Chicago JournalSun-Times Editorial | Washington Post | Chicagoist Blog | Crain’s Chicago | Chicago Gazette | NBC Chicago | Fox News Chicago | Daily Herald | Fox News Latino | Hoy | NW Herald | La Raza | Another La Raza Article


Continue reading Press on the Plants Closing Big Announcement

Breaking News: Victory!

PERRO Press Release Here.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports this morning here that Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants will close. Victory for the community!

PERRO’s Press Release:

Chicago’s Coal Plants to Retire: Clean Power Coalition, City of Chicago and Midwest Generation Sign Historic Agreement

Chicago, IL — On Wednesday, the Chicago Clean Power Coalition, the City of Chicago, and Midwest Generation, owner of the Fisk and Crawford coal fired power plants reached an agreement that will lead to the retirement of these two plants, the two biggest point source polluters in the City of Chicago.  “We have struggled for over a decade to make this happen” said PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) member Dorian Breuer, “It is great to see to see our work finally pay off.”   Continue reading Breaking News: Victory!

Party with PERRO at Simone’s, Wednesday Feb. 29th

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Simone’s, 960 W 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608 | 6:00pm until ??

Come celebrate our coming victory in the fight against the polluting coal power plants in our city and help us raise money to continue PERRO’s efforts to create a better environment in Pilsen. PERRO will receive 20% of all drink and food sales in Simone’s back room. So see you all on the 29th.

Feb. 15th Public Hearing on Lead Pollution in Pilsen

Important Public Hearing on Lead Pollution in Pilsen: The Illinois EPA wants to hear from Pilsen residents

Wednesday, February 15th
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Casa Michoacán – 1638 S. Blue Island Ave.

PERRO’s work monitoring pollution in the Pilsen neighborhood over the past 8 years has lead the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to determine that there are serious concerns in regards to lead air pollution in the Pilsen community.  The Illinois EPA and the Illinois State Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against H. Kramer and Co. a brass smelter at 1345 West 21st St. which they believe bears primary responsibility for the lead pollution problem.  Continue reading Feb. 15th Public Hearing on Lead Pollution in Pilsen