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'Clean energy' bills take back seat to Illinois budget

Measures advertised as promoting "clean energy" in Illinois — including a plan pushed by power-producing giant Exelon Corp. — have stalled in the General Assembly, consumed, supporters say, by bickering over the state budget and an unsettled energy outlook. Two pieces of legislation unveiled with great fanfare early in the session never received public hearings, including a contentious proposal that Exelon says would save three nuclear plants from closure and thousands of jobs, but which critics deride as a bailout for an otherwise profitable company. The legislative session is scheduled to end Sunday. Another initiative, touted as a "clean jobs" measure...

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