Abe
Scarr

State Director, Illinois PIRG

Started on staff: 2002
B.A., Haverford College
Abe Scarr is the director of Illinois PIRG. He is a lead advocate in the Capitol and in the media for stronger consumer protections, utility accountability, and good government. In 2017, Abe led a coalition to pass legislation to implement automatic voter registration in Illinois, winning unanimous support in the Illinois General Assembly for the bill. In 2019, he co-authored “Tragedy of Errors,” a report documenting decades of mismanagement in the Peoples Gas pipe replacement program, and has built a large coalition to end wasteful gas utility spending. Before moving to Illinois in 2014, Abe worked as the state director for ConnPIRG, where he helped pass a landmark solid waste and recycling law. He also serves as a board member for the Consumer Federation of America. Abe lives in Chicago, where he enjoys biking, cooking and tending his garden.

Posts by Abe Scarr
Stop paying for pollution
Illinois PIRG director Abe Scarr discusses the Peoples Gas pipe replacement program on Fox Chicago

Utility watchdog

Stop paying for pollution

Illinois utilities are proposing a deal that will increase monthly heating bills, threaten our health and contribute to climate change. They've already wasted billions of ratepayer dollars and now they want another blank check.

Peoples Gas fails its way to record profits

Utility watchdog

Peoples Gas fails its way to record profits

A Tuesday report showed that the Peoples Gas pipe replacement program was behind schedule for the 19th consecutive quarter. A filing today shows it is on track for another year of record profits.

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