SPRINGFIELD - Frustrated with the slow process of approving fracking rules, job producing oil and drilling companies are putting their money behind Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that Rauner received nearly $240,000 from the fracking industry, which is looking to get the process up and running.
The news comes as the state Department of Natural Resources is expected to finally submit proposed fracking rules to the Illinois Legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Friday.
The government agency has come under increasing criticism from southern Illinoisans who had hoped that drilling could begin this summer. But bureaucrats and left-wing environmental organizations ginned up controversy about a draft of the proposed rules released last year. As a result, the Department of Natural Resources has spent months sorting through more than 30,000 comments.
The panel has 45 days to approve the suggested rules, reject or change them. The department faces a November 15 deadline for the rules to be established.