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Illinois House defeats removal of coal education

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois House has defeated a provision that would have eliminated a requirement that public schools include education about using Illinois coal.

The measure from Villa Park Democratic Rep. Deb Conroy failed 54-61. Conroy used a procedure to allow a future vote on the same measure.

Opponents viewed the measure as an attack on Illinois coal production and use. Native coal has a reputation as being "dirty" — or high in sulfur — but technology has improved its viability. The state is exporting more today than in the past.

Conroy says schools could still teach students about coal.

The legislation also would remove the need for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to develop public service announcements and outreach to the media.

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The bill is HB5660.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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