Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Here’s something you don’t see every day
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Here’s something you don’t see every day

Friday, Jan 29, 2016

* A huge Illinois project, privately funded with a union-friendly leadership. From the Morris Herald News

Competitive Power Ventures announced Thursday its intention to open a state-of-the-art electric generating facility in the Three Rivers area of unincorporated Grundy County.

The CPV Three Rivers Energy Center is a nearly $1 billion privately funded project designed to meet the future electricity demands of Illinois. The 1,100-megawatt natural gas-powered 2-by-1 combined cycle facility will provide enough electricity to power about 1.1 million homes.

With a lengthy permit process ahead for the facility, Three Rivers project director Michael Bruno said the company has set a goal of beginning construction in 2018 and supplying electricity by 2021. The 21⁄2-year construction process is expected to create 300 to 500 locally sourced union jobs.

“Grundy County has an amazing, ready-made union workforce,” Bruno said. “That’s huge for us. We see unions as an essential partner.” […]

Norton Ammer said the tax base enhancement will be huge. Seven taxing bodies would receive funds, including Coal City schools and protection agencies, Goose Lake Township and Grundy County.

I’m thinking we won’t see a triumphant press release from DCEO on this anytime soon.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

29 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:40 am:

    Are they going to harness the power of the Death Spiral?

    There’s some big money betting on conversion to natural-gas for electricity. Big money betting on liquifying it for export, as well. That’s a big fight, between those who want to keep it here and cheaper, and those who want to sell it abroad.


  2. - Henry Francis - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:41 am:

    DCEO doesn’t issue any press releases. For all of 2015 they issued a grand total of 6. Apparently no news is good news for the businessman’s business department.


  3. - Huh? - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:43 am:

    “We see unions as an essential partner.”

    Enough said.


  4. - Angry Chicagoan - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:43 am:

    Shows how economic development can be done cooperatively — although I wish it was wind, geothermal or carbon-sequestered or something like that. The extent to which the GOP has doubled down on ideology on so many issues is just remarkable. I believe Andrew Sullivan, shortly before he closed down his blog, described it as being “allergic to fact” or something like that.


  5. - Daniel Plainview - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:46 am:

    - We see unions as an essential partner. -

    Real business people understand you can’t build things like this with low wage, unskilled labor. Bruce should take some lessons.


  6. - northernwatersports - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:49 am:

    Well….on the surface the project seems to be win/win/win/win….

    Taxpayer friendly, community friendly, labor friendly, business friendly, environmentally friendly-er (than coal), and presented in a positive way.

    What’s not to like!!!


  7. - Ahoy! - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:50 am:

    Often unions are an essential partner in building large scale construction projects. Building & Trades unions supply a good workforce and spending time and money training their workforce.

    All that being said, that project did not locate there because of the union workforce, they will be an essential partner in getting it done, but they were not one of the top factors in that project locating there.


  8. - Pelonski - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:50 am:

    This is the type of thing businesses don’t like about Illinois:

    “With a lengthy permit process ahead for the facility..”

    While there are some that will never move here because we are not a right to work state, that’s never listed as a major issue for most business groups. Instead, of battling the union windmill, the Governor should be addressing the concerns businesses looking to move into Illinois actually raise.


  9. - Mama - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:54 am:

    This is good for everyone but the coal miners.


  10. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 9:55 am:

    “Grundy County has an amazing, ready-made union workforce,” Bruno said. “That’s huge for us. We see unions as an essential partner.”

    This is the kind of economic growth that is good for the state, not the race to the bottom way of RTW and repealing the prevailing wage.


  11. - walker - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:00 am:

    Coal City is cooking with gas.


  12. - Bemused - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:11 am:

    I would think the only real future for Coal is Gasification. Problem for that is it has always been to expensive.


  13. - Dee Lay - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:19 am:

    >

    At a macro level - yes, I can agree with your statement.

    On this instance though, good lord do I want a lengthy permit process with a ton of oversight in the construction of a 1,100-megawatt power plant.


  14. - Anony - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:20 am:

    This is excellent news. More of this would be great.


  15. - Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:22 am:

    …that project did not locate there because of the union workforce, they will be an essential partner in getting it done, but they were not one of the top factors in that project locating there.

    Given the labor issues with constructing the nearby La Salle County and Braidwood nuke plants, I am surprised it was seen as a plus. But there’s lots of experience in the area building mega-projects. The Kendall County generating station a few miles away went up without too much of a fuss.


  16. - Niblets - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:22 am:

    Well alright! Would be better if renewable (not corn please) but it is good to see that someone able to overcome the evil unions to bring progress to poor pitiful Illinois.


  17. - Honeybear - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:27 am:

    I don’t think DCEO had anything to do with this. They have been in 100% disarray for a year. Again they can’t tie their own shoelaces at this point. No this sounds to me like competent local Economic Development folk, consultants, and lobbyists putting this together. I’m sure they got tired of waiting on DCEO to put on their socks. Besides DCEO has nothing to offer as far as incentives anyway. I do wonder if the new project is in an Enterprise zone? If it is we won’t see revenue from it. We might see jobs which would be nice. But remember a lot of stuff gets promised that doesn’t materialize. Nice to see some movement though.


  18. - A guy - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:33 am:

    === walker - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:00 am:

    Coal City is cooking with gas.===

    :)


  19. - DuPage - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:44 am:

    Natural gas power plants are usually located near to where an existing major gas pipeline and existing major power lines cross paths.


  20. - sideline watcher - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    honeybear…you are absolutely right. The local economic development folks have been working overtime on this. This good news belongs to them!


  21. - Team Sleep - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 10:55 am:

    Honeybear - you have given me a new goal in life. I now want to be Chief Sock Organizer at DCEO.


  22. - Stormfield - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 11:14 am:

    Honeybear - The new project is not in an Enterprise Zone. There are a few nearby (Ottawa/LaSalle Co/Grundy Co, JADA, and Diamond), but none cover this area.


  23. - Juvenal - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 11:57 am:

    === I’m thinking we won’t see a triumphant press release from DCEO on this anytime soon. ===

    Rich, check their website.

    I don’t think DCEO sent out a single ribbon-cutting announcement in 2015.

    Either DCEO didn’t create a single job the entire year, or the governor’s office has them under a gag order.


  24. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 12:51 pm:

    Yay!
    When are we going to see the unicorn ranches open?


  25. - Honeybear - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 1:03 pm:

    Nice Team Sleep,CSO. nearly fell out of my seat laughing.

    Thanks for checking on the EZ Stormfield. Wow, watch those local Economic Development people. They are movers! Communities of Illinois, there’s your example. THAT’S ILLINOIS SPIRIT RIGHT THERE! GET SOME GRUNDY COUNTY! GET SOME!

    Juvenal- I think you’re right. DCEO didn’t create a single job. I’m sure they were working the whole time on the private Economic Development Corp. Paging Rep. Franks….paging Rep. Franks..now is your time to take them out. They didn’t do a single thing the whole year. Franks you were right on the money.

    Governor Rauner, that’s a huge huge campaign ad. “Three hundred and sixty five days and no jobs added by DCEO” Hey if you were a business man this is pretty bad. I thought you promised to run government as a business? Why spend your efforts destroying collective bargaining and prevailing wage? Why not spend them developing business in Illinois through your state business development agency, DCEO?


  26. - Blue dog dem - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 1:08 pm:

    This folks, is how we win the union debate. Great job. After a rough week of losing more Oreo production to Mexico, a small glimmer of hope!


  27. - Anon221 - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 1:33 pm:

    Blue dog dem- they ain’t Oreos, but they were first and they’re back MADE IN THE USA!!

    http://www.npr.org/2015/09/23/442761531/one-mans-mission-to-bring-back-hydrox-cookies

    http://leafbrands.com/hydrox/


  28. - Moline Mike - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 2:53 pm:

    Yeah this is called the free market; the power plant consortia voluntarily decides the best way to build their plant was to engage union help. Note that they were not coerced by prevailing wage or Davis –Bacon laws. This is a winning argument for union’s that both parties could get behind.


  29. - Judgment Day - Friday, Jan 29, 16 @ 3:41 pm:

    Wonder if this project is on the same site as the old Collins Station (what was then ComEd’s only heavy oil generating station) that was basically dismantled about 10 years ago.

    The site was right on the river, so would be a perfect site for a new large capacity electricity generating station.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Fowler pledges no criticism of opponents in upcoming campaign
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Illinois Geolocation Privacy Bill Sponsor Seeki.....
* Gov. Rauner Says NFL Protestors Are "Insulting".....
* Gov. Rauner Says NFL Protestors Are 'Insulting'.....
* Morning Spin: Emanuel budget hole now tops $259.....
* Despite New Funding Formula, Some Schools Lose..
* Rauner slams NFL players who protest the nation.....
* Gov. Rauner disagrees with NFL protests but und.....


* Carnival worker accused of touching teenage girls
* High school suspends football activities amid hazing probe
* High school suspends football activities amid hazing probe
* Full federal court to hear 'Making a Murderer' appeal
* EXCHANGE: Corn, tomatoes just the beginning for gardener
* Illinois officials encourage earthquake drill participation
* Morthland College investigated by state, federal agencies
* Chicago archdiocese to focus on domestic violence in Mass
* Morris VFW finally awards jackpot after raffle was delayed
* Indiana governor seeks federal funding for railroad project

* Abortion rights bill sent to Rauner
* Rauner says anthem protests disrespectful
* Abortion rights bill on way to Rauner
* Ex-congressman Mel Reynolds' tax trial to start Monday
* Public invited to vote on Main Street preservation projects
* Scramble begins in Illinois attorney general race
* Abortion bill is hot potato for Gov. Rauner
* New Illinois law will let adults earn high school diplomas
* Raoul enters AG race, apologizes for 'Miss America' comment
* AG candidate Raoul apologizes for 'bad characterization' of opponent

* Local attorney makes Trumpsplaining his mission
* Trust in health insurers sinks to an all-time low
* O'Hare is the nation's best for connections
* Target is smart to raise its minimum wage
* Steeler who stood for anthem now has best-selling NFL jersey


* Outcome Health to announce new office space downtown
* Equifax CEO is out after massive internet breach
* Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi shows off his style – via cabaret
* Man charged with shooting in Fernwood
* Police: Fatal crash shuts down eastbound I-80 in Joliet
* COPA releases videos of crash that killed woman, off-duty CPD officer
* Motorcyclist killed in crash after tire blowout on I-65
* Plainfield bank robber suspected in 2 other suburban heists
* Police: Man killed in West Englewood shooting
* Police: Man killed in Gresham crash after fleeing traffic stop


* Niles North suspends varsity football season after learning of 'possible hazing incident'
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 9/26/17
* Equifax dumps CEO in wake of damaging data breach
* NFL power rankings: Patriots, Cowboys making moves
* Watch Chance the Rapper debut new song on 'The Late Show'
* One killed when 3 semi trucks collide on I-80 near Joliet
* Rattled by daily tremors, 75,000 people flee over fear of Bali volcano eruption
* Donald Trump begins the morning by slamming the NFL on Twitter
* Zach LaVine won't be ready for opener but excited to be with Bulls long-term
* Cubs one step from NL Central title, eliminate Cardinals from division race


» College Diploma Out-Of-Reach For Growing Number Of Low-Income Illinois Students
» Violence In US Rises For Second Straight Year
» In Major Reversal, Cook County Prosecutors Agree To Reduce Sentence Of Addolfo Davis
» Abortion Legislation Puts Gov. Rauner On Election Bind
» Abortion Legislation Puts Gov. Rauner In Political Bind
» State Week: IL Attorney General Candidates, The Soda Tax, and Courting Amazon
» State Week: IL Attorney General Candidates, The Soda Tax and Courting Amazon
» Governor Running Out Of Time On Location Tracking Regulation
» In Cook County, 3 Prosecutors Are Handling Hundreds Of Wrongful Conviction Claims
» An Accounting For Meteorological Violence Among Insurers


* Abortion rights bill sent to Rauner
* Marc Thiessen: Trump's UN speech promoted classic conservative ideas
* Rauner says anthem protests disrespectful
* Abortion rights bill on way to Rauner
* Ex-congressman Mel Reynolds' tax trial to start Monday
* Public invited to vote on Main Street preservation projects
* George Will: America's engine is being slowed by complacency
* Scramble begins in Illinois attorney general race
* Statehouse Insider: Illinois finances not the worst? Believe it or not.
* Angie Muhs: New content coming to Sunday SJ-R


* Traffic alert: I-280 near the Quad-City Airport
* O’Fallon man sexually assaulted minor family member for two years, police say
* Food bank relief expands to Puerto Rico
* Fest features cars, crafts, contests -- and apples
* Heat wave to end Wednesday
* Area Calendar 9/26/17
* Rick's Six: Cooler temps, police pursuits and Moline road work
* Photo: Long ride down
* Violence rises for second straight year
* Editorial: Users deserve to know who’s ‘following’ them online


* Niles North High School suspends football activities amid hazing probe
* What the renovation at Marriott Lincolnshire looks like
* Attorney Nick Beis returns to Wilson & Wilson
* Republicans concede Graham-Cassidy bill's fate looks bleak
* Ivanka Trump's business ties to China shrouded in secrecy

* Rep. Randy Hultgren announces 2017 Congres...
* Congressman Randy Hultgren Visits Raue Cen...
* Hultgren pushes for CHIP funding ahead of ...
* Indivisible billboard targets Hultgren, Ro...
* Nick in the AM: Bartonville native plans t...
* Hultgren Comments on CAT Closure, Hurrican...
* Montgomery mayor hosts health care forum a...
* Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for R...
* What suburban members of Congress say abou...
* Hultgren pleads for continued funding of f...

* Durbin, Duckworth Call for Cairo Help - WSIU...
* Senator Durbin Discusses Latest Disastrous......

* Durbin, Duckworth Call for Cairo Help - WSIU...
* Senator Duckworth Statement in Opposition ......

* Lumpen Radio. Chicago’s best low-power FM radio.
* Puerto Rico’s urgency, the cruelty of Donald Trump and colonial history.
* Rauner slams NFL players who protest the national anthem and flag before games, and other Chicago news
* Battle Of The Sexes - Then And Now
* Marking the purchase of a new iPhone
* EXTRA: Whole world was watching
* 9th ward meeting with Ald. Beale on Tuesday
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Concerned Bloomington citizen files FOIAs on city-owned stadium, results led to 111 indictments
* The [Thursday] Papers


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro design and features possibly revealed in leaked promo
* Huawei Honor 6C Pro may be on way to European markets
* Rapper Post Malone Breaks Apple Music Record With Over 25M Streams of 'Rockstar' in One Week
* Nokia 8 slated for still-distant October 14 launch in India at a very reasonable price point
* Apple’s iPhone X packs slightly larger battery than iPhone 8 Plus, same 3GB RAM
* Amazon Music Mobile App Updated With Alexa Integration
* High-quality images depicting mystery Samsung Windows Mixed Reality headset randomly show up

* Sox Century: Sept. 25, 1917
* Shields fires gem as White Sox play spoiler role
* Veteran Volstad gets spot start vs. Angels
* Brantly family shares special moment with Sox
* White Sox 4, Angels 2: Shields stellar seven innings holds off LA
* White Sox 4, Angels 2: Shields’ stellar seven innings holds off LA
* Shields K's 8 as White Sox play spoiler role


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller