Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » A bill so nice, he’s signing it twice
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
A bill so nice, he’s signing it twice

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 - Posted by Rich Miller


Illinois governor Bruce Rauner will be in the [Quad Cities] this week to sign the Future Energy Jobs Bill.

The bill was passed last Thursday and reportedly will ensure that Exelon nuclear plants in Cordova and Clinton, Illinois will remain open for at least the next ten years.

Governor Rauner will sign the bill in the gym at Riverdale High School at 9:30 on Wednesday.

But he can’t actually sign a bill that isn’t on his desk.

* Dan Petrella

Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to visit Clinton on Wednesday to sign a bill overhauling Illinois’ energy policy and creating $235 million in annual ratepayer subsidies to keep open Exelon Corp.’s nuclear power plants there and near the Quad-Cities.

The Clinton Chamber of Commerce announced Sunday on its Facebook page that Rauner plans a bill-signing ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Clinton High School. The governor’s office did not respond immediately Monday to a request for confirmation, and as of Monday afternoon, the bill hadn’t been sent to his desk. [Emphasis added]

The Senate still has the bill. I was told by the Senate Democrats today that they weren’t sure when they could get it to Rauner’s desk. So, stay tuned.

…Adding… Not long after this post appeared, the Senate sent the governor the bill.

* Meanwhile..

The typical Ameren Illinois residential customer will pay about $1.93 less per month for power after a far-reaching energy bill goes into effect June 1, 2017, according to an analysis of the Future Energy Jobs bill by the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Eventually, however, rates will start to increase beyond today’s levels around 2023, according to the ICC model.

The energy bill, promoted for almost two years by Exelon Corp. to preserve its nuclear plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities, was approved by the Illinois Legislature on Thursday. The main feature of the measure is a subsidy of up to $235 million a year to keep the two nuclear plants open for at least 10 more years. […]

“Based on our analysis,” said ICC Executive Director Cholly Smith, “we expect residential customer caps will reduce rates in the first few years and meet the goals of the legislation to limit increases throughout the life of the law. As an agency whose mission is to balance the interests of consumers and utilities, we stand ready to enforce these caps.”

* But

While proponents of the bill tout “rate caps,” sadly these caps are a sham, gamed by Exelon using technical language to mask artificially high baselines against which caps will be measured. For commercial and industrial customers, the gaming of the rate caps will cost them more than $100 million per year.

For residential ratepayers, the gap between rhetoric and reality is extreme. Exelon has said their bills will go up by no more than 25 cents a month, but that’s an average of all residential customers, not individual homeowners. An independent analysis by Illinois’ leading energy expert, the Power Bureau, finds the bill will cost the average residential ratepayer an additional $4.54 a month for ComEd customers and $2.01 a month for Ameren customers in downstate Illinois.

* And the infamous Grover Norquist ain’t happy, either

Illinois lawmakers recently passed the Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814), which would create the biggest rate hike in U.S. history. Proponents of the legislation claim it will “create jobs” and reduce energy rates. This is not true. This anti-free market legislation will kill tens of thousands of Illinois jobs, increase rates in the state by more than $13 billion and prop up politically connected corporations at the expense of Illinois residents. […]

The state’s economy would likely be the hardest hit. The legislation would cause a projected loss of over 44,000 jobs and a reduction in Illinois’ economic activity of $14.7 billion. State and local governments would also see an estimated tax revenue loss of $429 million.

Given the drastic impact of this legislation on Illinois residents, businesses, and the state’s economy as a whole, one can only ask is this cost truly worth bailing out two insignificant nuclear plants in the state, while also doling out billions of dollars to special interests? The answer is obviously no.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has the ability to save his constituents from this needless and burdensome legislation, simply by refusing to sign the Future Energy Jobs Bill and ensuring Illinois residents and businesses are not subjected to the highest rate hike in history, thousands of jobs lost and billions of dollars in reduced economic growth.


  1. - anon - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 12:16 pm:

    Absolutely pathetic on Cullerton’s part. Senate can send it over whenever they want. Game-playing by the so-called adult in the room.

  2. - Anon - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 12:24 pm:

    The Norquist rhetoric — “the highest rate hike in history”– will make good fodder for future campaign hit pieces.

  3. - Grass Bowl - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 12:26 pm:

    Rich - they sent it to him today

  4. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 12:26 pm:

    “…the bill hadn’t been sent to his desk.”

    Just a technicality, surely. /s

  5. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 12:28 pm:

    Must have just been in the last few hours. Rauner owns this one BIGLY!!!

  6. - The All Knowing Oz - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 1:00 pm:

    Well…Time to buy more candles. I have made a conscious effort to conserve and use less and my bills consistently have gone up. There will come a time when only those that are well off or on welfare can enjoy the benefits of this legislation.

  7. - Deft Wing - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 1:05 pm:

    Terrible bill arising from a terrible process.

    Rauner’s single biggest PR mistake to date.

  8. - A guy - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 1:54 pm:

    DW, for it to be a PR mistake, the P needs to be talking about it. They aren’t. At all. And now he’s going into two communities that revere those jobs and shoring up his R in those areas.

    It’s not a great bill. May even be terrible. The process is always a mess in Springfield. But no matter how big you think the cloud is, the silver lining exists. And he’s making the most of it.

  9. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 2:58 pm:

    Exelon and the ICC are shameless.

    Exelon gets the biggest rate increase in history and then sells the bump by rolling customers who aren’t on the hook into the “average” increase. And the ICC backs them up.

  10. - One who knows - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 3:11 pm:

    Words linger, you are wrong. Bills will go down because of this, particularly in the 4 to 5 years after it becomes law. And bills will be much lower than the scenario where nothing happened and the plants closed.

  11. - One who knows - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 3:14 pm:

    Seriously, do you think exelon would have agreed to 25 cent a month maximum rate caps if bills would get anywhere near that from the future energy jobs bill?

  12. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 3:16 pm:

    –Bills will go down because of this, particularly in the 4 to 5 years after it becomes law.

    What a win-win!

    Exelon gets a $235 million a year bump, and customers’ bills go down!

    Whose the alchemist that drafted the legislation, Nicolas Flamel?

  13. - One who knows - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 3:40 pm:

    Lol. Don’t agree with you on this issue, but a funny and good response, words linger.

  14. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 3:47 pm:

    - Whose the alchemist that drafted the legislation, Nicolas Flamel? -

    No Word, it wasn’t magic, just the expert negotiating of Rich’s favorite buddy, er, Superstar Goldberg. The guy truly is gifted.

  15. - anom - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 3:57 pm:

    my electric bill just went down Imoved in with my girl friend. my bill was over 100$ per month for just a refigerator running

  16. - jw - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 4:30 pm:

    question— how much will this raise rural coops who purchase power from them some of them have very high rates because they are still paying back their losses from the Clinton plant

  17. - 7B - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 4:39 pm:

    so exactly where will this increase appear on the bill? In the electricity charges or in the delivery charges portion? Or, even more mysteriously, in the taxes and other charges?

  18. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 5:12 pm:

    According to Crain’s the ICC just approved a rate increase for ComEd today as well to start on Jan 1. Well isn’t that convenient?

  19. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Dec 6, 16 @ 5:20 pm:

    jw- there aren’t that many, and I’m not being snide or snarky, but emailing the coops and their directors that question might be a good thing. I’m hoping that Illinois Living ( our coop’s monthly magazine) will be covering this topic.

    And, what about all the electric aggregation issues? DeWitt county voters just approved in the General giving the county authority to do this for unincorporated areas of the county. This is that good old Opt Out thingee. Corn Belt told our members we were exempt.

  20. - BEST Dave - Wednesday, Dec 7, 16 @ 12:08 am:

    7B, it will appear in multiple locations starting with the Energy Efficiency line item. There will be a new fixed charge for every residential customer. It will be $2.33/month for ComEd customers and escalating 4% per year to about $4/month. For Ameren, it will start at $3.94/month escalating to more than $6/month. We will also pay for the nuke bailout, RPS and other goodies in the bill. If you’re on a fixed income in a small apartment, your life just got a lot more difficult.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Afternoon roundup
* Illinois Credit Unions Oppose Regulatory Fee Increase
* Today's good news: Coffee station to open in Statehouse
* Another day, another Chicago mayoral poll
* CTBA: After adjusting for inflation since 2000, state higher ed funding is down 46 percent and tuition is up 110 percent
* It’s just a bill
* Today's quotable
* Question of the day
* Comed 4 trial coverage roundup
* Johnson's anti-gay rights supporters and Vallas' Daley people
* Keep Uber Affordable. Stop Lawsuit Abuse. Oppose HB 2231
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition
* Bishop Paprocki: "Our nation is divided today over the question of abortion as it was in the 19th century over the question of slavery"
* Better management, please
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* *** ComEd 4 trial live coverage ***
* Live coverage
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...





Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

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