Legislation that proponents say is needed to improve and modernize Illinois’ electric utility system was vetoed September 12 by Governor Pat Quinn.

The Governor sided with opponents of the proposed “smart-grid” electric utility upgrade legislation, contending the plan allowed for excessive and burdensome cost increases for consumers, while giving Commonwealth Edison and Ameren too much autonomy when it comes to state oversight of utility regulation and rate increases.

I voted against this legislation and am pleased the Governor vetoed it. I do, however, think it is important to present the viewpoints of both proponents and opponents." />

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