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Illinois Senate Overrides Gov. Quinn’s Veto on Energy Bill

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - The Illinois Senate has overridden the governor’s veto of a trailer bill to Smart Grid, a program pushed by Ameren and Com Ed to modernize the electrical infrastructure. The concern on the governor’s part was what he called “unprecedented interference” in the Illinois Commerce Commission’s rate-making authority.

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) brought the bill back to the Senate for an override vote. “Rate-making, including the setting of formula rates is a legislative function delegated by the General Assembly to the ICC,” Cullerton said.

The Senate overrode the governor’s veto, 44-11. The Citzens Utility Board was against the bill because it felt the bill gave utility companies the ability to raise rates. Executive Director David Kolata says rather than continue to protest, the board is looking to the future.

“Now the most important thing is to interpret the law correctly going forward and to hold the companies accountable,” Kolata said.

SB 9 survived an override in the Senate, 44-11.

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