SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE OUTAGES
Sunday night some 2 thousand Southwestern Electric Cooperative members were still in the dark caused by last Thursday's ice storm and many may not see power until mid-week. According to Joe Richardson, Southwestern Director of Communications, "It's going to take days to frame and set new poles, replace power lines and restore electricity”. Richardson said Sunday night that linemen are working 16-hour shifts and staking engineers have worked all weekend, he added "We're making progress, but it's slow work, and we're still fighting the weather”.
WILLEY AND FRANKS COMMENT ON SWIDA
Last week WGEL reported that the Illinois General Assembly had approved the Governor’s requested changes to legislation allowing Bond County to join the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority. The economic impact to Bond County could be big.
Greenville City Manager Dave Willey commented that work on this legislation began not long after he was hired. He praised the efforts of County Board Chairperson Jill Franks, Senator Frank Watson, and Representative Ron Stephens for getting it done.
Bond County Board Chairperson Jill Franks,explains that SWIDA can issue tax exempt bonds that are very advantageous in attracting industry.
Alternative Energy Sources, which plans on opening an ethanol plant in Greenville, is currently seeking the help of bonding authority assistance on another project. According to Willey, AES has requested $70 million in tax-exempt bonds for their Kankakee facility.
Bond County joins St. Clair, Clinton, and Madison in the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority.