After two years of negotiations, a comprehensive energy package was signed into law Wednesday.
One of the architects of the bill, State Senator Sue Rezin of Morris acknowledges that ratepayers in Illinois could see a slightly higher power bill, but says it would be worse if more and more nuclear power plants were closed.
Part of the bill includes a bailout for a few nuclear power plants including two in Morris and Byron. Rezin says the bill will keep the plants open for at least five more years.
Rezin says the closure of the Prairie State coal burning plant was among the sticking points of the bill.
The bill says that Illinois should reach 100 percent carbon free energy by 2050 and encourages investment in wind and solar energy.
Exelon, the company that runs the power plants in Morris and Byron has begun the refueling process for both plants and says that they will remain open.