Here's the numbers on the new biofuel plants courtesy of the State of Illinois: five new or expanded ethanol and biodiesel plants, $25 million from the state, 225 million gallons of biofuels a year, $334 million in private investment, 150 new jobs created. There's probably room for a "Reduce Illinois' dependence on foreign oil: priceless" line in here somewhere.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said that, "Energy independence means not being held hostage by OPEC every time you fill up the tank with gas. These new ethanol and biodiesel plants mean more homegrown fuel that can replace foreign oil and give drivers more options and cheaper alternatives." The five new or expanded plants will be in Fulton County (ethanol), Ogle County (ethanol), St. Clair County (ethanol), Vermilion County (biodiesel) and Will County (biodiesel).

[Source: State of Illinois]

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