UPDATE 11/30/2011 - on Tenaska vote: The passage of Senate President John Cullerton's SB 678, which was the third try on the Tenaska coal plant legislation some are calling a "boondoggle," was dependent upon three downstate Republican senators - Larry Bomke, John Jones and Sam McCann. Eight Democrats voted against their leader's legislation - J. Collins, Delgado, Garrett, Haine, E.Jones, Lightford, Maloney and Martinez.
SPRINGFIELD - The controversial Tenaska project tax credit legislation passed the Illinois Senate this afternoon without a vote to spare. Illinois Statehouse News was on hand to video the vote:
Crain's Chicago describes what the bill would do:
The measure passed the Senate over the opposition of Exelon Corp., the state’s largest power generator, along with unregulated power suppliers, environmentalists, and manufacturers and other business groups. They object to the higher-than-market costs consumers will have to absorb.