Thursday in Springfield the House of Representatives approved a comprehensive energy bill that will allow nuclear energy plants in Clinton and in the Quad Cities to remain online. In response to the 63-38 vote in the House, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issued the following statement:

“I was not in support of SB 2814 because I do not think rate payers should shoulder the responsibility of subsidizing a company that made over $2 billion in profits last year.”

“This bill picks winners and losers and handcuffs us for years to come. Here in Illinois and also at the federal level, we have a very bad track record when it comes to choosing winners and losers and I believe this is one more example of bad policy that will have bad outcomes.”

"I believe wholeheartedly that in the aggregate Illinois will be less competitive as a result of the passage of this bill. Freedom and choice have been extremely beneficial for electricity consumers in Illinois, and by passing this bill we are undermining those policies.”
One issue that is getting a lot of attention in Springfield this week is a contentious energy bill that would allow nuclear power plants in Clinton and in the Quad Cities to remain online. Some believe it is a necessary step in keeping the power grid stable while saving jobs, while others, including State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), believe the bill equates to a taxpayer-funded bailout for Exelon, a multi-billion dollar energy company.

Click here to watch a video of Representative Morrion explaining his opposition to the bill.