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Brandon W. Phelps
Illinois lawmakers seek to boost state's coal industry

A coalition of lawmakers from Illinois plans to introduce legislation to spur growth in the state's coal industry, ahead of an upcoming review of state energy policies. Their plan is expected to create 8,000 new jobs, save money for electricity rate payers and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the lawmakers said during an announcement Thursday. "The General Assembly's consideration of energy legislation this year has been focused on the northern portion of our state, but it's important to not lose sight of the needs of southern and central Illinois when thinking about a comprehensive energy policy that works for everyone," said state Rep. John Bradley, a Democrat...

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