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A group of downstate lawmakers is rallying around the state's beleaguered coal industry.

The group, including Republican State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeier of Jacksonville want to make sure Illinois coal is a part of the energy discussion.



Legislation would get coal in the discussion by creating an incentive program within the Illinois Commerce Commission to put scrubbers on the existing coal fired facilities the state already has, many of which are in jeopardy of closing.

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