Gov. Rauner signed legislation during the week that supporters said is an example of what can be accomplished when political parties and opposing interests work together for the benefit of the entire state.
Senate Bill 1672 creates a state process for Illinois companies seeking an air permit for a new or expanded facility. Currently, companies must go through the federal government to obtain the permits. It’s a process that can take years to complete, which can lead to delays in construction and hiring or decisions not to build. Under the new state permit process, companies will receive their regulatory decision within one year.
The legislation was the result of an agreement between the Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Sierra Club/Illinois Environmental Council, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Illinois joins 41 other states with a similar process.