The passage of a Senate Bill that will bailout nuclear plants will destroy jobs and hurt pocketbooks according to the following statement from AARP Illinois State Director Bob Gallo.
"Today, on the last day of Veto Session, the General Assembly sent terrible news to millions of Illinois consumers as it passed Senate Bill 2814, the bill pushed by Exelon, ComEd and Ameren to bail out the nuclear plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities via a multi-billion dollar rate increase, the highest in our nation's history.
"AARP, on behalf of its 1.7 million Illinois members, is extremely disappointed at this decision, which will hurt the pocketbooks of older residents, working families, and low-income individuals, and will also hurt countless businesses across Illinois.
"It is outrageous that the General Assembly can work together to negotiate a bailout for highly profitable Exelon, but they haven't been able to negotiate a state budget for over two years, a vital budget for our state's most vulnerable citizens that need services provided for by non-profit and far less profitable agencies that are struggling to keep their doors open.
"The bill just passed by the legislature will send monthly consumer bills through the roof for the next 25 years, will impose massive cuts to low-income energy assistance programs, and even though it will supposedly save the jobs at the nuclear plants, down the road it will cost Illinois an additional 44,000 jobs.
"Illinoisans are already burdened by rising taxes and fees, including our nation's highest property tax rate, increases in other services and utilities, like the recent increases in gas, water, and sewage in Chicago, and depleted state programs. And the General Assembly is now adding an unacceptable rate increase that will change the way in which Illinois uses energy for decades to come.
"AARP will make sure our members know how their legislators voted on this issue. We urge Governor Rauner to stand on the side of residential and business consumers, and veto SB2814."