State Gives Green Light for Coal Mining Jobs

State Gives Green Light for Coal Mining Jobs
By: Arnold Wyrick

(Saline Co., Ill) The Illinois Mining Board voted unanimously to approve Illinois Fuel Company's request to expand their operations in Saline County.
Right now the company employs nearly a hundred people and mines more then a million tons of coal from their surface operations. But, with the board's approval the company can begin digging on their underground operation. And that will require another 65 workers once the underground operations begin.
An Illinois Fuel spokeman says the new operations will increase the mine's output another million tons. The increase in production means more customers for local businesses.
"It'll bring more people in, a lot of them come in for lunch, we have pizza and they come in for that. And we sell supplies like their jersey gloves, so it's going to bring us more business," says Debbie Daily store clerk for Leonard's Quik Stop.
Across the street in Leonard's Cafe customers there are excited about the talk of new jobs. " I hear it's going to create 60 some odd jobs and I'm just hoping that it'll be some of the local men here in the town," says Edgar Joiner a retired coal miner.
Illinois Fuel is planning to begin construction on the 350 foot mine shaft in February, and work the mine for the next 7 to 8 years.