Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows to fight climate change with clean energy. Only three other states mined more climate-changing coal than Illinois last year.

“If the state wishes to increase its reliance on more renewable energy resources, coal will be a vital support system to maintain grid reliability during such a transition,” Nick Williams, president of the Illinois Coal Association, said in an email. “In a shrinking market, the low-cost provider will prevail.”

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