PORT BYRON, Ill. -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was in Port Byron Wednesday morning, December 7, 2016 to officially sign the "Future Jobs Energy Bill" which extends incentives to Exelon in order to keep its two Quad Cities area nuclear power plants competitive and open.
The bill provides $235 million in subsidies each year to keep Exelon's nuclear power plants in Cordova and Clinton open for at least 13 more years.
Securing passage of the bill and saving hundreds of area jobs has been a top priority for area legislators, who will be on hand for the signing ceremony.
The signing was held at Riverdale High School, where a huge crowd waited for the big moment. Local legislators, city leaders, and alum spoke before the signing.
Rauner offered his congratulations to the employees and citizens before sitting down to sign the bill with 12 different pens.