Statement of Rep. Tim Butler on today’s signing of SB 2814:
“Supporting this legislation was not an easy decision, and I took to heart all of the comments I received on both sides of the issue. At the end of the day, it came down to two critical factors: protecting jobs and ensuring reliable power for our families and businesses,” said State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield). “The 87th District comes within 10 miles of Clinton and families I represent are among those who rely on the 700 good jobs the Clinton plant provides. Closing the Clinton facility would have a disastrous economic impact on Central Illinois.
I also believe keeping the Clinton and Quad Cities plants operating will help ensure stability for our power grid and prevent Illinois from being an importer of energy. One of the main reasons our electricity prices remain affordable is due to the extensive network of nuclear and coal power plants which provide the base load generation we need in Illinois. Taking two of these plants off-line would have a serious negative impact on our state’s power supply.”