Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will travel to northwestern Illinois Tuesday to celebrate an anniversary. One year ago, he signed the Future Energy Jobs Act which helped convince Exelon to keep open nuclear power plants in Cordova, near the Quad Cities, and Clinton in central Illinois.

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Now that the dust has settled, what will be the impact of the Future Energy Jobs Bill - the bill that'll keep the Cordova nuclear plant open.

The nuclear power plant in Cordova, IL

Just one week after the bill was signed to keep open two nuclear power plants in Illinois, it's already responsible for new jobs and economic benefits at both. Wednesday Exelon announced plans to go ahead with various capital projects that had been put on hold while the Future Energy Jobs Bill was in doubt. 


Cheerleaders, a pep band, and hundreds of happy Exelon workers welcomed Governor Bruce Rauner to northwest Illinois Wednesday. At Riverdale High School in Port Byron, he signed the bill that will keep open nuclear power plants in Cordova, near the Quad Cities, and Clinton in central Illinois. 

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ComEd, Exelon, environmental groups, and consumer advocates have made a deal to improve energy policy in Illinois. Wednesday morning, officials from the utilities and organizations held a conference call to explain the new agreement.


At least on paper, something very frightening will happen Wednesday at the Cordova nuclear plant. The Quad Cities Generating Station will hold its annual emergency preparedness drill, involving emergency agencies in four counties and from both states.


The of closing two nuclear power plants in Illinois will cause thousands of job losses and increase the cost of electricity. That's according to Exelon which announced this morning it will shut down the Quad Cities and Clinton, Ill. generating stations.

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Hundreds of people from northwestern Illinois will travel to Springfield Tuesday to try to save the Cordova nuclear plant. Exelon has chartered buses to carry an estimated 500 employees, community leaders, and local residents to rally and lobby in the state capital.

The company has threatened to close the Quad Cities Generating Station, and a nuclear plant in Clinton, Illinois if the General Assembly fails to pass a bill with incentives for clean energy, including nuclear.Exelon says the two plants are not profitable.

QC Chamber of Commerce

Worried about the future of one of this area's largest employers, and taxpayers, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has started a social media campaign. It's set up a Facebook page for people to show their support for Exelon and the Cordova nuclear plant.

Exelon Shuts Down Unit 2

Mar 21, 2016

One of the nuclear reactors at the Quad Cities Station has been shut down. After nearly two years of continuous operation, Monday morning, Exelon shut down Unit 2 at the plant in Cordova for refueling and maintenance.