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Illinois House lawmakers approved energy legislation on Thursday night. State Representative David Welter said he achieved his goal of protecting local jobs, keeping the nuclear fleet online, and cementing Illinois’ status as a leading energy-producing state now and into the future.

However, Welter was unhappy with the process.

Welter said there was no need to delay a vote to September on the brink of the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant's anticipated closure.

Welter says the bill will negatively impact the power grid in Southern Illinois.

38th District State Senator Sue Rezin said she is looking forward to returning to Springfield on Monday as lawmakers fight to keep all of the nuclear power plants online.

Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement that he looks forward to signing the bill after it passes in the Senate.