Bill to Lift Ban on Nuclear Energy Waiting for Governor’s Signature

Illinois lawmakers worked to lift the 36-year ban on new nuclear energy construction permits this spring, with Senate Bill 76 receiving bipartisan support and headed to the Governor. State Representative Tony McCombie proudly backed the measure and served as a co-sponsor to the legislation.

Since 1987, Illinois has prohibited new nuclear construction. However, Illinois remains as a nuclear power with 11 current operating reactors, the most of any state. Illinois is in the top three states with 54 percent of its energy generation being nuclear, while also having the most generating capacity (11.6 gigawatts) of any state.

Read more about the state’s nuclear energy here.