(Chicago, IL) — October 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today blasted a legislative initiative by Illinois lawmakers to gussy up ComEd’s “Smart Grid” legislation, Senate Bill 1652, with a follow-up bill to address the concerns of legislative critics and others with the aim to override Quinn’s earlier veto of the bill.
Quinn is unimpressed with the “trailer bill”. Here’s his statement this evening.
“Hours before veto session begins, ComEd and Ameren have dropped a “trailer” bill that they claim would be a better bill for the people of Illinois. Unfortunately, this movie still has the same unhappy ending: blockbuster annual rate hikes for consumers and businesses.”
“The bill still guarantees annual rate hikes every year for the next ten years. This bill still guarantees annual profits for utilities at the expense of hard working families and businesses, which will cost jobs. And this bill still eliminates any real oversight by the Illinois Commerce Commission.”
“Businesses, homes and families will see their electricity bills go up each year for the next 10 years as result of this bill. Legislators have a choice – they can listen to the people of Illinois who’ve clearly spoken out against this or they can listen to the fairy tales being spun by the two big utilities.”
The increasing beat of ComEd and Ameren lobbyist war drums is fueling growing speculation that lawmakers with override Quinn’s veto during the legislature’s Veto Session which begins tomorrow in Springfield.