GOP Governor Hopefuls Support Additional Nuclear Facilities

Feb 5, 2014

Illinois has six operating nuclear facilities - and produces more energy from nuclear power than any other state.

Credit IEMA

There’s a moratorium in place barring the state from adding more facilities.

All four Republican candidates for governor say at the very least - they’re open to constructing more nuclear power plants.

Treasurer Dan Rutherford spoke at a debate Tuesday.

" I would definitely be open to lifting the limited numbers," Rutherford said.

State Senator Bill Brady:

" I don’t have to be open to it. We need to lift the ban. I mean, this wish-washy type of politics doesn’t cut it. We need leadership. Bold leadership," Brady said.

State Senator Kirk Dillard also wants the ban lifted.

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner says he wants the topic on the table to lower energy costs.