Bill Fleischli, the executive vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, says the current tax should create enough money for infrastructure repairs, even though not all the tax revenue is used for the roads.
After issuing warnings it may have to close down half its nuclear fleet, Exelon has introduced a proposal it says would keep them open. It signals the start of what's expected to be a long debate over Illinois' energy policy.
A state representative from central Illinois is launching a petition drive to keep the Clinton nuclear power plant open. Exelon, the company that owns the power station, has said in the past that Clinton faces growing economic pressures. Republican representative Bill Mitchell, of Forsyth, held a news conference in Clinton today. He says keeping the plant open will protect jobs and affordable energy.
Finley, with the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois, says FutureGen, which recently lost its federal funding, would have been an important demonstration of clean-coal technology.