Lawmakers not giving up efforts on behalf of Mattoon

Lawmakers not giving up efforts on behalf of Mattoon

MATTOON – The Illinois House appears to be united in its support for keeping FutureGen in Mattoon.

Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, last week introduced a resolution asking Congress to reverse the Department of Energy's decision to pull the plug on FutureGen.

House Resolution 1009 calls on Congress to keep the $1.8 billion FutureGen project and to keep it in Mattoon.

"Mike Madigan supports the project, and he believes we need to persist in the effort to get FutureGen up and running," Steve Brown, a spokesman for Madigan, said on Monday. "We're very hopeful we can convince the federal government to rethink its position on FutureGen."

State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said 82 legislators – some from each party – are co-sponsors of the resolution.

Rose said he isn't aware of any members of the House opposed to the resolution.

"When Mike Madigan introduced the resolution, he got a bunch of the Democrats to sign on to it, and I went down the aisle and got a bunch of Republicans to co-sign it," Rose said.

"It doesn't matter if we are Republicans or Democrats. From Chicago to Cairo, we're standing united in support of FutureGen, to fight for what's right."

The resolution has been sent to the House Environmental and Energy Committee, which is expected to take up the issue on March 5.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, is scheduled to meet with FutureGen Alliance Chairman of the Board Paul Thompson on Wednesday.

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