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Ill. House approves changes to electricity measure

Posted by wlpo on October 26, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois House has followed the Senate’s lead and approved changes to give new life to electricity legislation that Gov. Pat Quinn opposes.

The House voted 91-24 Wednesday on the issue referred to at the state Capitol as “Smart Grid.”

The Democratic governor opposes a plan allowing power companies to raise rates for system improvements like the high-tech grid. Critics say it would generate unfair profits and weaken state regulators.

Supporters say the new measure makes changes to address some complaints like the issue of power-company profits. They hope the adjustments will lure enough votes to override Quinn’s veto of the original plan.

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