JUN 08, 2021
A coalition of organized labor groups and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) held a news conference Friday to call for a coal plant to be exempted from decarbonization rules under a pending energy bill.
Monday marked one week since lawmakers’ targeted end of their spring session, but one of the biggest legislative fights of the year remains unresolved: a long-planned overhaul to the state’s energy sector.
In recent days, Gov. JB Pritzker, lawmakers, advocacy groups and other interested parties have offered insights on how to move passage of an omnibus energy proposal that factors in the desires of a multitude of interests. While outstanding questions remain on how the bill should treat coal plants and the embattled utility Commonwealth Edison, legislators and lobbyists have indicated they expect a revised bill to come up for a vote in the coming weeks.
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