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.

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