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There's a new player in a battle over energy policy that's playing out at the Illinois Capitol.

Exelon wants support for its nuclear plants, a renewable energy coalition wants to require more wind and solar, and now a coal company and its supporters want in on the action.

The latest push would give the state's coal industry a boost.

Coal Production Up in Illinois

Nov 14, 2012
Department of Energy

The low price of natural gas has meant tough competition for the coal industry. Production is down across the country, except, it turns out, in Illinois.