There were also environmentalist supporters, like Representative Ann Williams, a Democrat from Chicago. She says the choice wasn't between fracking and no fracking in Illinois.
“The choice is this: fracking in Illinois with no regulation, or fracking in Illinois with the tightest, most stringent regulations possible.”
But even claims of the toughest fracking regulations in the country were not enough to sway the handful of opponents, like Democratic Representative Robyn Gabel of Evanston. She says there are no laws that can prevent the dangers that might come with fracking, like water and land contamination.
“Our future is in renewables. We need incentives to de-carbonize the environment and reduce pollution that affects climate instability.”
The House overwhelmingly supported the measure on a vote of 108 to 9. Similar support is expected Friday in the Senate. And Governor Pat Quinn says he wants the legislation “as soon as possible.”