State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) joined with other elected officials Thursday to discuss  the plight of laid off steelworkers in the area.  About 2,000 men and women at the Granite City U.S. Steel Plant were put out of work with idling of the plant earlier this year.

Beiser tells The Big Z he is co-sponsoring a bill to extend Unemployment Insurance benefits for those workers. 

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Beiser says they are still waiting on word from U.S. Steel as to when operations will restart at the plant, noting that there has been on plans to mothball the plant for good. 

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