A note from Rep. Tom Demmer:

Last week I joined my colleagues State Senators Brian Stewart (Freeport) and Sue Rezin (Morris), and State Representatives Andrew Chesney (Freeport) and Jeff Keicher (Sycamore), along with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 15 and Exelon leaders for a tour of the Byron Generating Station.

If we are going to succeed in keeping the plant open we are going to need legislators from around the state, Republicans and Democrats, to work together to see that it happens. The best way to do this is for us to engage with and educate as many members of the House and Senate as possible about the importance of keeping the Byron plant open.

The plant is home to hundreds of good-paying jobs and pays more than $30 million to support schools, public safety and local governments. It is an important cornerstone of the Ogle County economy.

During our tour we met with company executives and plant employees and learned about the important work they do to safely operate this plant, which provides clean, reliable electricity without any carbon pollution.

These tours will continue at both the Byron and Dresden plants to provide more legislators from across Illinois with the chance to see the remarkable safety, efficiency, skilled workers, and technology in these nuclear generating stations.