SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois House Tuesday approved an incentive package meant to land the cutting-edge FutureGen coal project. The measure now goes to the Illinois Senate.
The plan offers about $80 million in incentives and also protects developers from legal action over any injuries.
Illinois is competing with Texas for the $1.5 billion project.
FutureGen would be a prototype plant meant to produce almost no emissions. The carbon dioxide it generates would be stored underground, although some environmentalists question whether the technology is reliable.
One study found the project could create more than 300 jobs and $20 million in annual wages for eastern Illinois.
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