- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House has defeated a provision that would have eliminated a requirement that public schools include education about using Illinois coal.

The measure from Villa Park Democratic Rep. Deb Conroy failed 54-61.

Opponents viewed the measure as an attack on Illinois coal production and use. Native coal has a reputation as being “dirty” - or high in sulfur - but technology has improved its viability. The state is exporting more today than in the past.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says the program costs $50,000 a year, including $35,000 for the schools portion.

Conroy says schools could still teach students about coal.

The legislation also would remove public service announcements and outreach to the media.


The bill is HB5660.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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