Sen. Tracy: Vistra decision a blow to Western Illinois region

Vistra’s announcement August 21 that it would close Power Plants in Havana and Canton is an economic blow to its employees, nearby communities and the western Illinois region, according to Senator Jil Tracy.

The 47th District Senator says the two Power Plants play important roles in the local and regional economies.

“This is tough news for these hard-working employees and the many businesses, large and small, that they support in their communities. Besides the actual employment, these long-standing plants have also played an active role in donating to worthy causes in these communities,” Senator Tracy said.

“Along with several of my colleagues, I have worked with the leadership of Vistra, which was previously owned by Dynegy, to find a solution to the regulatory policies that have forced this decision,” Senator Tracy added. “In the end, however, the powers that control the Legislature didn’t hear our explanations of how these regulations could result in Power Plant closures – and jobs losses for hundreds of people. I will continue to monitor the situation and hope our community will support these employees and their families in this difficult time.”

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