Advocates Say Clean Energy Jobs Act Can’t Wait Until Next Year

By Tim Shelley | WCBU

“Four Central Illinois coal plants and a southern Illinois coal mine are slated to close by year’s end.

Environmental advocates say the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create new programs to help workers and communities impacted by the coal facility closures. And they say movement on the legislation is needed now.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said earlier this month he does not expect action on the legislation during this year’s veto session.

But State Rep. Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) says that is unacceptable.

‘We cannot hold this bill up while ComEd and Exelon work out their legal troubles. That is not fair to the citizens of the state of Illinois,’ she said.”

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