In the past month, we've been keeping an eye on the Illinois Senate Energy Committee, noting how a bill that would expand wind energy production in Illinois has been stalled while legislation favored by energy giants such as Exelon has advanced. One disconcerting aspect of this dynamic is that the committee's chairman, Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-Moline), is the son of former legislator Denny Jacobs -- now a registered lobbyist for ComEd (whose
parent company is none other that Exelon). On Friday, Capitol Fax expressed some concern about that arrangement as well:
Part of the problem here is the way this bill is being lobbied. Sen.
Jacobs’ father, former state Sen. Denny Jacobs, lobbies for ComEd.
These two guys really need to be careful about this stuff, particularly
with the feds nosing around the building.
In other wind-related news, Evanston is considering a plan to install wind turbines in Lake Michigan, about six miles off the city's shore. (Learn more about the offshore wind power debate here.) And Aurora is building two wind turbines intended to power several traffic lights in the town.