On Sept. 13, Senate lawmakers returned to Springfield to vote on a comprehensive energy package that preserves the state’s nuclear fleet. State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) issued the following statement after Senate Bill 2408 passed with a 37 to 17 vote:
“For over two years, we have spent countless hours fighting to preserve our state’s entire nuclear fleet. On the day that the Byron Generating Station was scheduled for decommission, we finally passed a bill that makes that a reality.
“While I don’t agree with everything that is included in Senate Bill 2408, it does keep our nuclear plants online, saves thousands of Illinois jobs, and puts our state on a realistic path to 100 percent clean, carbon-free energy.
“Without this bill, any hope of bringing a carbon-free energy future to Illinois by 2050 will be all but impossible and thousands of good-paying jobs would be lost throughout our state.”