Ill. Senate starts push on power bill override - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Ill. Senate starts push on power bill override

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois senators have begun a push to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation modernizing the state's electricity system and also increasing rates.

A Senate committee voted 14-1 Monday for a new bill with some changes to make the package more acceptable. They hope this will pick up enough votes to reject Quinn's veto of the main bill.

The changes include more money for improving the existing power system, stronger performance standards for the utilities and lower profits for the companies.

Consumer advocates say this new version doesn't change their basic concern that state regulators would lose much of their oversight power. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it would "eviscerate independent oversight."

Critics complain the measure was approved less than 90 minutes after it was made public.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Heartland NewsNewsMore>>

  • Murray State readies for 81st Annual Campus Lights

    Murray State readies for 81st Annual Campus Lights

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:41 PM EST2018-01-18 23:41:56 GMT
    Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south.Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south.

    The 81st Annual Campus Lights, a long-standing Murray State University tradition, will take place Jan. 19–20 at 7 p.m. as well as Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south. 

    The 81st Annual Campus Lights, a long-standing Murray State University tradition, will take place Jan. 19–20 at 7 p.m. as well as Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south. 

  • Fundraiser to put special trauma kits into the hands of southern IL police

    Fundraiser to put special trauma kits into the hands of southern IL police

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-18 23:21:59 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Clark, KFVS)(Source: Taylor Clark, KFVS)

    A fundraiser is in effect in Southern Illinois between Shawnee Tactical Solutions and the Stop the Bleeding Coalition to put specialized trauma kits in the hands of police departments.

    In an effort to save more lives in active shooter situation and beyond, Shawnee Tactical Solutions and the Stop the Bleeding Coalition are partnering up to put special trauma kits in the hands of police officers.

  • Clean-up alternatives open house at Crab Orchard Refuge

    Clean-up alternatives open house at Crab Orchard Refuge

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:10 PM EST2018-01-18 23:10:50 GMT

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting an open house and public meeting on Wednesday, January 24, to present cleanup alternatives and take comments on the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis Report for Area 7 Pesticide Area at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge near Marion, Illinois.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting an open house and public meeting on Wednesday, January 24, to present cleanup alternatives and take comments on the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis Report for Area 7 Pesticide Area at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge near Marion, Illinois.

Powered by Frankly