Local and state leaders, led by Senator Neil Anderson, toured Exelon’s Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova September 6 to get a firsthand look at its operations and a better understanding of its economic importance to the region.
Senator Anderson invited Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont, Senator Sue Rezin of Morris and Senator Dave Koehler of Peoria to tour the plant with representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and IBEW Local 15.
(Exelon officials talk with, from left, Senator Neil Anderson, Senator Dave Koehler, Senator Sue Rezin and Senator Christine Radogno, as well as representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and IBEW Local 15, before a tour of the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova on September 6.)
“The Quad Cities Generating Station plays a central role in the daily lives of the residents of the 36th District, our northwest region and our state, in both energy and economic terms,” Senator Anderson said. “Exelon is an employer, it provides power to over a million households, and it provides a steady source of local property and sales tax revenues to our local governments.”
While the future of the facility remains uncertain, Senator Anderson says such tours help his fellow legislators understand the importance of the Quad Cities Generating Station.
“My colleagues, especially those in nearby legislative districts, need to understand what our local leaders already know – how important this facility is, at both the local and state levels,” said Senator Anderson. “Exelon is the largest property-tax-paying entity in Rock Island County, and it employs almost 800 hundred people here. The impact the facility has on our community, local economy, region and state as a whole cannot be understated.”
(From left, Senator Sue Rezin, Senator Anderson, Senator Christine Radogno and Senator Dave Koehler get a tour of the control room at the Quad Cities Generating Station on September 6.)
Senator Radogno said she appreciated the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the operations in Cordova.
“During our tour, we met with employees and discussed the impact the potential closing of the plant would have on area communities, as well as the power grid. It is important to note that negotiations are continuing in the General Assembly on finding solutions to Illinois’ energy needs,” Senator Radogno said.
(From left, Exelon Communications Manager Bill Stoermer talks with Senator Anderson, Senator Sue Rezin, Senator Christine Radogno and Senator Dave Koehler during a tour of the Quad Cities Generating Station September 6.)
Other community leaders who were expected to be on the tour included:
• Tim Hanley – Senior Vice President, Exelon Generation
• Scott Humbard – Exelon Government Affairs Manager
• Tara Barney – CEO, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
• Jason Gordon – VP Public Affairs, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
• Henry Marquard – Director of Government Affairs, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
• Aaron Tennant – CEO, Total Solutions
• Greg Haas - President, Valley Construction
• Dean Apple – IBEW Local 15 President/Business Manager
• Bill Phillips – IBEW Local 15 Assistant Business Manager
• Dave Sergenti, – IBEW Local 15 Business Agent
• Annette Kisala – IBEW Local 15 Business Agent
** Photos provided by John Schalk for Exelon.