Hours before vetoing plans for the Leucadia coal gasification plant on Chicago's Southeast Side, Gov. Quinn said he wasn't sure which way he was going to vote. Opponents of the coal-to-gas plant are happy he went against it.
Ameren Illinois customers would have been required to pay 95 percent of the costs to build and operate the $3 billion plant. Customers would been billed for the plant's gas for 30 years through their utility bills. The plant's gas would have cost an estimated to cost three to four times the current price of natural gas.
The Citizens Utility Board sided with the governor, saying that Leucadia would force an unfairly large chunk of the cost downstate to Central Illinois.
This denial is the second time Leucadia has had their plan vetoed within the last year.