House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, along with State Representatives Bill Mitchell and Dan Brady, were in Clinton Friday to discuss efforts to save the Clinton Power Station. They were joined by more than 100 Exelon employees in support of keeping the plant open.
Last month, Exelon announced its decision to close the Clinton Power Station, which provides 700 good-paying jobs and another 1,200 indirect jobs, and more than $13 million in local tax revenue to area schools and local governments. Meanwhile, negotiations continue on legislation that would place Illinois nuclear plants on a level playing field with renewables such as wind and solar, which are heavily subsidized by Illinois ratepayers.
“The Clinton Power Station is critically important to the region’s economy and generating capacity for our state,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). I am here today to say I stand with Central Illinois families who depend on the plant for good-paying jobs and for reliable, cost-efficient power. I will continue to work with my House colleagues and the Governor to push for a solution to keep Clinton open.”
State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who represents Clinton and DeWitt County, thanked Leader Durkin for coming to Clinton to show his support for the community.
“For the people of Central Illinois, there is no more important issue than the lack of good-paying jobs,” said Rep. Mitchell. “If Chicago were to suddenly lose 125,000 jobs, which is the equivalent of the potential job loss for Central Illinois from the Clinton closure, there would be an outcry from Chicago politicians demanding that we take immediate action. There is still time for the General Assembly to address this crisis and we will keep fighting to make that happen.”
“The Clinton facility is important to our local communities and to our families. We’re here today to show our solidarity with Exelon employees, and to let them know that we will be doing all we can to get this legislation called for a vote in the House,” said State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Normal).
“It was encouraging to hear Governor Rauner say last week in Champaign that talks are ongoing with Exelon,” added Rep. Mitchell. “Just this week, Exelon announced plans to buy a nuclear plant in New York, which has a Zero Emissions Standard that was supported by Governor Cuomo. We need new energy policy in Illinois to preserve our nuclear plants and protect jobs for working families.”