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A comprehensive energy bill that aims to keep two nuclear power plants in Morris and Byron online passed in the Illinois Senate Monday. Among other things, the bill bolsters the nuclear power fleet in Illinois. The company that operates the nuclear plants in Morris and Byron, Exelon has said that its plants are facing revenue shortfalls due to unfair competition from the fossil fuel industry.

Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin on Monday spoke on the Senate Floor and said that closing down the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant in Morris would have a huge impact on the region.

Rezin thinks that nuclear energy is essential to reaching carbon free energy goals.

Not all Republicans are happy with the bill. Cherry Valley State Senator Dave Syverson, who represents Hinckley, Big Rock, Sycamore, and portions of DeKalb, voted against the bill. Syverson says the bill supports the largest rate increase on Illinois utility customers in state history and awards massive subsidies to the wind and solar energy industries.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is backing this energy bill, which has already passed in the Illinois House, and has pledged to sign it into law.