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.
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.