Wilcox: 'What we have here is the largest utility hike in history'

State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) sees only trouble in the state’s new clean energy bill. “What we have here is the largest utility hike in history, along with less reliable energy that Illinois will likely have to import from other states,” Wilcox said in a post to Facebook. Wilcox joins...
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Metro East Sun

Bryant: 'This legislation is the highest energy increase in Illinois history'

State Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) has voiced her concerns regarding the passage of a new energy bill. On Sept. 15, Gov. Pritzker signed into law a wide-ranging plan to end the state's reliance on fossil fuels and shift to completely renewable resources, including solar and wind power, in an effort to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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Pritzker signs historic clean energy package into law

More than half a century since Illinois created its first state agency to clean and protect the environment, the Prairie State marked another milestone in its environmental efforts with a new clean energy bill. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sept. 15 signed the historic energy legislation, which had been a white...
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Kankakee Daily Journal

Study shows reasons why some Illinoisans not vaccinated

A new study is revealing some of the reasons why Illinoisans have yet to get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 6.6 million or 61.1% of people 12 and older in Illinois are fully vaccinated. Nick VinZant with QuoteWizard says there are five main reasons...
Rochelle News-Leader

Pritzker signs bill into law to save Byron nuclear plant

BYRON – The familiar sight of steam rising from the Byron Generating Station continues, although it is down to rising from one tower as the station refuels. With Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signing a new energy bill that was favorable to nuclear plants into law on Sept. 15, the Byron Station will continue to operate. It’s owner, Exelon Generation, had threatened to close the station on Sept. 13 without the new bill.

Officials warn consumers about flood-damaged cars from recent weather events

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning consumers interested in purchasing used vehicles to beware of flood-damaged cars resulting from flooding caused by Hurricane Ida or other natural disasters. He has instructed his office to closely monitor title applications involving potential flood vehicles. This includes ensuring vehicles coming from counties impacted by flooding are properly identified and labeled as flood vehicles when applicable.

Prairie Research Institute boosting farmers’ productivity

With some of the best farmland in the country, Illinois has a competitive advantage over other states in the agriculture sector. The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois is leveraging this advantage, investing in Illinois’ agriculture economy by offering programs, tools and research projects to support farmers and address current farming issues.
Antelope Valley Press

Boeing to build Navy aircraft at MidAmerica

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing Co. will invest $200 million to begin manufacturing the US Navy’s latest unmanned aircraft at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in a project that could add at least 150 jobs on the company’s southwest Illinois campus, officials said, Friday. Boeing will build the...

Bryant calls new energy measure 'a direct assault on the people of this state'

Veteran state Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) worries about the tone she sees the state’s newly passed clean energy bill setting. “This legislation sets a terrible precedent by allowing a private company to take someone’s land under the guise of eminent domain,” Bryant posted on Facebook. “Eminent domain has always been used by the government for the sole purpose of providing property for public use. Under this legislation, we have given the green-light to take private land from citizens to allow a private company to make money.”

Illinois reports 25,956 coronavirus cases, 285 deaths in the past week

CHICAGO - Public health officials on Friday announced 25,956 new cases of the coronavirus in Illinois and 285 additional deaths have been recorded in the past week. The cases were among 638,918 test results submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The seven-day testing positivity rate is at 4.1...

Bailey: Energy bill 'will have Illinois importing energy and exporting jobs'

Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) is urging the public to reach out to lawmakers and voice opposition to the new clean-energy bill signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The new bill, Senate Bill 2408 (S.B. 2408), that was approved by Senate in a 37-17 vote, and signed into law Set. 15, will transition the state into renewable energy over the next 30 years with the hopes of running on completely renewable energy by 2050, ABC 7 reported.