Yesterday Governor Bruce Rauner agreed to sign the Future Energy Jobs Bill as amended. Today the revised bill faces new hurdles, and our community needs to contact Governor Rauner's office urging him to sign the bill. Please take 10 minutes of your day to make this phone call, and encourage your employees to do the same. These efforts can help retain Exelon and its 4,200 jobs in the region.
Here are sample messages you can use and adapt:
Option #1: I'm calling to urge Governor Rauner (or Leader Radogno or Leader Durkin alternatively) to support the Future Energy Jobs Bill. I live in the Quad Cities and we have thousands of jobs on the line with this bill - and cannot afford to put families out of work in Illinois. Please help us maintain our strong economy by passing and signing the bill. Thank you.
Option #2: I'm calling from the Quad Cities to request that Governor Rauner support the Future Energy Jobs Bill that will maintain Illinois' competitive electric rates, preserve and create thousands of jobs and expand clean energy. This bill is important to retaining 4,200 good-paying jobs in the Quad Cities and preserving $1.2 billion in economic activity generated by the plants. We are counting on the Governor to pass and sign the bill. Thank you.
Option #3: I'm calling to voice my strong support for the Future Energy Jobs bill and encourage Governer Rauner to do the same. I cannot stress enough the impact of this legislation on our region - on local businesses, our tax rates, our utility costs and on individual families who work at Exelon. Please let the Governor know that there are thousands of people behind this legislation...and we are asking him to get behind it, too. So, please pass the Future Energy Jobs Bill today. Thanks.
Governor Rauner: 217-782-0244
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno: 217-782-9407
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin: 217-782-0494
We need also need your help in contacting House Speaker Mike Madigan and House Majority Leader John Cullerton and urge them to ensure the bill's language is focused on energy issues only. It's imperative that other important issues such as prevailing wage are dealt with but not included as part of this bill.
Sample Message: I'm calling from the Quad Cities to urge Speaker Madigan (or Leader Cullerton, alternately) to pass the Future Jobs Bill. This is a big deal for our region and we are asking that the bill stay focused on the energy issues - and that you deal with prevailing wage another time, in another bill, so that this one can pass quickly. Thank you.
House Speaker Mike Madigan: 217-782-5350
Senate President John Cullerton: 217-782-2728