Senator Deanna Demuzio (D-Carlinville) advanced SB 2485 for full Senate consideration. If approved, the measure would provide Tenaska Energy with the financing structure necessary to begin building a $3.5 billion power plant in Taylorville.
Construction of the facility would begin this year and would be completed in 2015. More than 2,500 construction jobs are created and hundreds of permanent local jobs would be secured for the facility.
Leucadia Energy Facility
In an effort to build a south Chicago-based clean coal plant, Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) pushed forward SB 3388. If approved by the full Illinois Senate, the Leucadia Energy plant would be built on the brownfield site that was once home to Republic Steel and LTV Coke.
Constructing Leucadia’s coal and petroleum coke gasification facility would create more than 1,100 construction jobs and ensure nearly 200 full-time jobs for the area.
Gaining Senate approval isn’t guaranteed. Each proposal has both vocal support and strong opposition.
Years served: 2007 - Present
Committee assignments: Agriculture and Conservation; Energy; Financial Institutions; Higher Education (Chairperson); Licensed Activities and Pensions; Committee of the Whole; Public Pensions & State Investments; Subcommittee on Food Labeling; Subcommittee on Natural Resources.
Biography: Full-time legislator; born July 28, 1973, in Gifford; B.A., Yale University; taught at his alma mater, Rantoul Township High School; taught English in Taiwan; former Champaign County auditor and Champaign County Board member; certified public finance officer; treasurer of the Midwest US-China Association.