House Representative Lead Jim Durkin, along with State Representatives Bill Mitchell and Dan Brady were in Clinton Friday afternoon to discuss efforts to save the Clinton Power Station. They were joined by more than 100 Exelon employees in support of keeping the plant operational. In early June, Exelon announced that they decided to close the Clinton Power Station, which would eliminate 700 good paying jobs and another 1,200 indirect jobs and more than $13 million in local tax revenue to area schools and local governments. “We have to do everything within our power, for purposes of keeping our energy portfolio strong and robust and also to ensure that do not lose any more jobs in this state and that we do not carry on this terrible trend,” said Leader Jim Durkin. State Rep. Bill Mitchell who represents Clinton and Dewitt County thanked Leader Durkin for coming to Clinton and for all of his support he has shown to the community. Durkin also stated that it was encouraging to hear Governor Bruce Rauner say last week in Champaign that talks with Exelon are ongoing. “The purpose of this press conference is to remind everyone that the job isn’t done, we got a ways to go and negotiations are ongoing and a lot of people have to be involved in this,” said State Rep. Mitchell.