MURPHYSBORO, IL – The Illinois Senate was in session and the results were mixed, in terms of finalizing a compromise to end the two year long budgetary impasse, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
“Negotiations are ongoing and the situation remains very fluid. I hope this week’s conversations move forward, so the Administration and Speaker Michael Madigan can truly engage in the dialogue,” Schimpf said.
Senator Schimpf began his week by touring the Baldwin Generation Station in rural Randolph County. The facility had to scale back operations in 2016, due to an unfair regulatory environment. Energy markets are optimistic that President Trump and the Congress will open a more diverse energy portfolio that is friendlier to coal and gas resources.
Baldwin’s facility is responsible for millions of dollars in economic activity, taxes, and spin off jobs in the tri-county area. A bustling Baldwin Generation Station will signify a robust Illinois coal industry.
On Feb. 28, a strong line of storms that caused at least four regional tornadoes crossed Southern Illinois, with the heaviest concentration being located in northern Jackson County. The communities of Ava, Vergennes, Elkville, and Dowell were all in the tornado’s path. Fortunately, there were no lives lost in the 58th Senate District; however, the same storms caused two deaths in White and LaSalle Counties.
Senator Schimpf toured the areas of devastation on March 2 and 3 and pledged any assistance his office could provide. If you would like to donate to the cleanup and recovery efforts please visit www.sicf.org.