From State Senator Sue Rezin, who represents the area where the nuclear power plants which Commonwealth Ediso threatens to close without a huge electric user subsidy:
Senate passes comprehensive energy bill; moves to House
Senate Bill 18, which contained the language, passed the Senate with a 39-16 vote. After its passage, Sen. Rezin issued for the following statement:
“While I don’t agree with every aspect of this legislation, what I do support is the fact that this bill will preserve our nuclear fleet and keep thousands of good-paying jobs in our state.
“Going into tonight, thousands of union workers wondered if they would lose their jobs and be forced to move from the communities that they call home. With the passage of Senate Bill 18, we take an important step in securing a better energy future for Illinois.
“Again, this bill is far from perfect, and is the essence of compromise. All compromise is based on give and take. No good compromise leaves everyone happy. I would like to thank everyone who fought to get this bill across the finish line in order to ensure that our nuclear fleet stays operational and thousands of hard working Illinoisans aren’t forced out of the jobs and communities they love.
“I now urge the House of Representatives to pass this vital legislation.”