The company says it's not a bailout and instead argues it’s trying to level the playing field. Illinois already gives some incentives for renewable sources, like energy and wind.
Supporters of Exelon's measure, like Democratic Representative Larry Walsh Junior of Joliet, say nuclear power deserves that push.
"Nuclear energy plants provide Illinois with a reliable, carbon-free solution for their energy needs. And we need to do all we can to preserve these plants."