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Forby joins Southern Illinois coal colleagues (AUDIO)

forby coalSen. Forby joined legislators from Southern Illinois on Tuesday to discuss the status of coal in Southern Illinois.

During the press conference Forby spoke on the importance of the coal industry in Southern Illinois.

“Coal is the number one issue we have down home. It’s good for jobs,” said Forby. “Fifty percent of our power comes from coal. Coal is not going to go away, and we the have the best coal in the state of Illinois. As much money as we spend on coal from western states, we could put scrubbers here in Southern Illinois and put people back to work. That’s why we are here today - to put people back to work.”

For full audio of Forby’s statements click below.

Senator Gary Forby


59th Senate District

Years served:
2001-2003 (House); 2003 - 2017 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Labor (Chairperson); Insurance; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Committee of the Whole. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Born January 4, 1945, in Anna, Illinois. Full-time state legislator; former farmer and businessman; past chairman, Franklin County Board; former member, Franklin - Williamson Human Services Board; current member, Southern Illinois Workforce Man-Tra-Con Board, Operating Engineers and Laborers' International unions.