Illinois Republicans push for fracking bill vote

    House Republicans cranked up the pressure for a vote on legislation regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state, saying Illinois is losing out on jobs and revenue by dragging its heels and the bill would easily pass, as it has the blessing of industry and some environmental groups.

    Minority Leader Tom Cross and Rep. David Reis, a sponsor of the bill, accused House Speaker Michael Madigan of holding up the vote for political reasons while lawmakers try to overhaul the state’s worst-in-the-nation pension problem and other contentious issues.

    Read more in Crain’s Chicago Business.

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