Chesney Responds to Proposed Closing of Byron Nuclear Generating Station; Chides Corruption

State Representative Andrew Chesney issued the following statement about the announcement by Exelon on August 27 about its proposed closure of its Byron Nuclear Generating Station:

“The Byron Nuclear Generating Plant is important to our region, important to our property tax base and critical for the high-paying jobs it provides for Northwest Illinois.”

“It is a terrible shame that the criminal misconduct of ComEd in its corrupt partnership with House Speaker Mike Madigan has jeopardized this important asset for our region and our state.  I support a transparent process of a negotiated “all of the above” energy policy for Illinois.  I will go to bat for saving these skilled jobs for our region, but not if it means compromising my core principles to the corruption and self-dealing that have maligned past energy policy decisions.  We owe our property taxpayers, area ratepayers, and our region’s highly-skilled, mostly union, workers at this facility not only our best efforts, but honest practices.”