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State and local government vehicles'
use of biodiesel to benefit Illinois agriculture, environment and help promote energy independence  
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[JULY 30, 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- In another aggressive effort to promote energy independence, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich signed into law Thursday a measure to boost the use of biodiesel throughout Illinois. House Bill 112 requires state government, county and local governments, school districts, universities and community colleges, and mass transit agencies to fuel their diesel vehicles with 2 percent biodiesel, a renewable fuel typically made from soybeans.

This new law, the second bill the governor has signed this summer to promote biodiesel, solidifies Illinois' status as the nation's leading biodiesel user. Early this summer, Blagojevich approved legislation that provides rebates for drivers using fuels with a minimum 20 percent biodiesel blend.

"The state must take the lead in protecting the environment," Blagojevich said. "Under this new law, all levels of government in Illinois will now start using more of this cleaner fuel that's good for Illinois' farmers, the economy and the environment. This gets Illinois on the road toward greater energy independence and less reliance on imported oil."

State facilities already use 2 percent biodiesel fuel, in accordance with an executive order issued by the governor in 2004. Local governments, community colleges and mass transit systems will now join the state in boosting biodiesel use.

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"Some people feel that farming and fuel production are at odds with the environment; however, this legislation shows that there is common ground, and I believe it will only increase," said Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, who sponsored the bill in the Senate.

"This legislation is an important first step in providing a market for a fuel that cleans our environment, provides a new market for our farmers and reduces our dependence on foreign oil," said Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, the House sponsor.

Biodiesel helps reduce air pollution and protect public health by cutting emissions of soot, carbon monoxide and global warming gases.

House Bill 112 is effective July 1, 2006.

[News release from the governor's office]

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