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Local Workers Applaud Governor Quinn's 'Illinois Hiring Heroes Consortium'

Workers Support Initiative to Hire Veterans and Urge Governor to Support Chicago Clean Energy Jobs

CHICAGO, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today local workers applauded Governor Quinn's initiative to help veterans find jobs. They also delivered letters to Governor Quinn's office, urging him to sign SB 3766 advancing the Chicago Clean Energy project, a gasification project slated for the Southeast Side of Chicago.

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The Chicago Clean Energy project is expected to create more than 1,100 construction jobs over three years, 200 permanent, high-paying jobs on-site, more than 150 coal-related jobs downstate, generating more than 700 jobs in related businesses. The bill currently sits on Governor Quinn's desk awaiting signature.

"Today Governor Quinn announced an important program to help veterans find jobs, and we applaud this critical effort," said Steve Stoynoff with the Laborers' District Council Labor-Management Cooperation Committee. "We hope Governor Quinn recognizes the Chicago Clean Energy project will put thousands of workers, including returning veterans, back on the job."

The Chicago Clean Energy project is expected to create more than $10 billion in economic output for Illinois and an estimated $1.25 billion in added state and local tax revenue.

Gasification is a critical part of the necessary transition from traditional coal-fired power to a cleaner energy future. Six separate pieces of legislation comprise the enabling statutory framework for the Chicago Clean Energy project, each of which passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly by wide margins, with strong bi-partisan support.

About Chicago Clean EnergyChicago Clean Energy is an initiative of Leucadia National Corporation (NYSE: LUK) that supports the $3 billion investment in green technology on the Southeast side of Chicago. The gasification facility to be located at 115 th Street and Burley Avenue will produce substitute natural gas through the cleanest method of utilizing Illinois coal anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.chicagocleanenergy.com.

SOURCE Chicago Clean Energy

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