Press Releases
May 07, 2013

Statement from Jorge Ramirez, Chicago Federation of Labor President, on Governor Quinn’s veto on Senate Bill 9

The Chicago Federation of Labor calls for the legislature to override the veto of the job-creating 'Smart Grid' bill

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2013 

“The Chicago Federation of Labor is disappointed that Governor Quinn has vetoed Senate Bill 9, a bill that would have a positive economic benefit to working people in our state and modernize our energy infrastructure.

“Programs like Smart Grid make our communities stronger by investing in needed infrastructure and strengthen our middle class by creating well-paying jobs for working men and women. In 2012, the Smart Grid program created 2,400 jobs in Illinois, proving that grid modernization is a substantial job-generating engine not only in the short-term, but for years to come.

“The Chicago Federation of Labor supported the passage of the Smart Grid Law in 2011 and stands by it today. We urge the members of the Illinois General Assembly to continue to support this important program and override the veto on SB 9.”

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