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 width=Bart Ford, vice president for business development with Tenaska, the company proposing a 3-billion dollar coal gasification plant for Christian County, was Wednesday's guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.

Ford brought the over 100 in attendance, up to speed on current efforts to get the Illinois General Assembly's permission to build the plant northeast of Taylorville. The plant will mean some 25-hundred construction jobs over 4 years, and over 200 permanent jobs.

Ford told those in attendance that broadening the bill to include wind and solar generating plants, and doing further lobbying work with other state organizations, will help get the Tenaska project more votes in the veto session this fall.

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Ford added even if the Illinois General Assembly gives Tenaska permission to build the plant in this fall's veto session, more regulatory hurdles remain.

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Ford thanked Christian County for their continued lobbying efforts in support of the project.

Ford's appearance was met by about half a dozen picketers outside the hospital auditorium, representing the Sierra Club which is on-record as opposing the project.

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