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Brothers. Partners. Family. Neighbors.

 

These are just a few of the terms used at a Friday press conference to describe the relationship between the Clinton Exelon Power station, their employees and the community.

 

Clinton City Administrator Tim Followell says while the jobs and revenue they create are wonderful for the communities in DeWitt County and surrounding areas, he says he wants to simply keep his neighbors.

 

 

DeWitt County Board member Terry Ferguson has heard the message from non-profits in recent weeks and says the Exelon impact goes beyond the municipal level. While he did not mention it in his comments, Exelon taxes make up 90-percent of the dollars of the Harp Township.

 

 

Christian Small (right) is an employee at the Exelon plant in Clinton. He says right now there's a lot of uncertainty among his peers and co-workers at the plant and they are trying to remain optimistic while Exelon continues to keep them updated.

 

 

Small says being a part of the community with their participation with the local non-profit groups is a very big bonus to working with the plant in Clinton. He says it feels good to know they are making a difference.

 

 

Exelon leaders and various interested parties across the state are hoping to meet this week in continued efforts to bring forward legislation to allow nuclear power to remain viable in Illinois.

Lawmakers continue to push home the message that this is not a partisan issue, but rather an issue of good paying Illinois jobs and an economic impact on families across the state.

 

Lawmakers are optimistic as no parties have left negotiations and everyone continues to talk, although, progress has been called incremental. 

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