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Chicago Tribune
Ray Long

Electricity users would have to dip into their pockets a little more to help cover costs of Exelon's nuclear power plants under legislation unveiled Thursday that the influential corporation maintained would save jobs and keep service steady and reliable.

Opponents question whether Exelon would get an unnecessary bailout when a trio of its other nuclear plants are in the black, and supporters of a separate bill prefer a broader approach that would build up renewable resources.

The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, a group of environmental, business and faith organizations, said a separate bill sponsored by Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, and Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, is more comprehensive, would cost consumers less and create jobs in other fields.

Abe Scarr, director of the Illinois Public Interest Research Group, said lawmakers should focus on the coalition's proposal and reject legislation designed to do “what is best for Exelon.”

A separate group that included Bob Gallo, the state director for AARP in Illinois, maintained that the Exelon-backed bill would “increase rates for older adults living on fixed incomes, working families and small businesses in order to pad Exelon's profits.”

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