If the bill passes, local advocates say it could have major implications for Will County. Roberto Clack, associate director of the nonprofit organization Warehouse Workers for Justice, said the "enormous" undertaking must also involve big companies in Will County, like Amazon.
"If you look at some of the businesses here, I think they have a role to play in this," Clack said.
He gave Amazon credit for its "Climate Pledge" from earlier this year to achieve net zero carbon by 2040, especially since it's the largest employer in the county.
Ann Baskerville, an organizer with the Sierra Club and Will County resident, argued that with high levels of truck traffic, she fears residents’ exposure to diesel particulate matter may already be causing adverse health effects.
Diesel particulate matter is a component of diesel exhaust that includes soot particles, which can cause short- and long-term health problems, like cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
"The movement of freight does produce diesel particulate matter pollution in our area,” she said. “And we need to start talking about how we can reduce that."