What exactly are southern Illinois legislators waiting for? Ameren is switching to renewable energy and planning to close down coal plants, Vistra Energy has announced closure of all its Illinois coal plants, and the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative laid off 21 people because they’re closing a coal boiler, switching to solar and saving everyone $125 million in the process. This is not something politicians have any control over. It is happening, and they need to face reality and get with the program of helping individual and communities transition to a clean energy economy.

Resources are available to help communities, we don’t have to start from scratch. The Just Transition Fund Already has a plan for that. Let’s get busy southern Illinois!