Overshadowed by the prolonged and ultimately fruitless debate on a
big tax break bill, the Illinois Senate used an extra day of their fall
veto session, November 29, to approve a coal-to-gas plant in Taylorville,
Illinois, by a 30-28 vote. It is estimated to cost state utility ratepayers $3.5
The Senate had twice rejected the proposed Taylorville
Energy Center to be run by Omaha-based Tenaska, Inc., including as
recently as Oct. 27.
But a parliamentary maneuver by bill sponsor
John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the Senate president, kept the energy plant
alive and now the bill goes to the House. A similar measure narrowly
passed the House in November 2010.
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