Illinois' congressional delegation and the rest of the federal government are on notice about the importance of Illinois coal to energy independence, economic vitality, and job creation. The State Senate adopted State Senator Sam McCann's resolution asking the federal government not to allow burdensome regulations not to kill off the coal industry.
The resolution was adopted by the full senate Thursday. According to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, coal is nearly a $1-billion a year industry in Illinois, employing thousands of people in mining and related businesses. It's estimated Illinois has a 250 year supply of coal still in the ground, waiting to be mined. Today, the majority of mined coal is used for electric generation.