The controversial energy bill that would raise rates to pay for modernization of the state's power grid has made it Gov. Quinn's desk. The governor has repeatedly promised to veto the bill because he believes it places too much of a burden on already cash-strapped consumers.
The bill is part of a $3 billion plan to help Ameren and Commonwealth Edison to pay for a new Smart Grid and general infrastructure changes. The piece of legislation passed three months ago, but Senate President John Cullerton held on to the bill as a means to avoid an automatic veto by Quinn. Cullerton is hoping Quinn will not veto the bill, adding that the bill's sponsors are willing to work with the governor on a trailer bill to address his concerns with the piece of legislation. The bill's sponsors also reportedly say they probably have enough votes to override a veto by Quinn, if necessary.