Frank Dyke / WNIJ

The 13th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair is this weekend at the Ogle County Fairgrounds. 

Coal Curriculum To Continue In Illinois Schools

Apr 4, 2014
Dept. of Energy

A group of lawmakers don't like the idea that Illinois students are forced to learn how great coal is.  But they failed in an effort to take that requirement out of state law.

Rep. David Harris, R-Arlington Heights, says the legislation would prevent the state from doing anything to promote coal.

"Well if you're from Southern Illinois, let me tell you something: this is an attack on coal," Harris said.

Rep. Deborah Conroy, D-Elmhurst, says Illinois has a lot of energy sources -- wind, nuclear, even geothermal -- and shouldn't promote just one.

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.