Department of Energy Secretary nominee Dr. Steven Chu met earlier this week with Illinois lawmakers to discuss the once-dead FutureGen project. Based upon the comments made by Illinois lawmakers following the meeting, it appears that the FutureGen Project in Mattoon, Illinois, is very much back in the picture. Sen. Dick Durbin, who participated in the meeting, said, "Dr. Chu understands the importance of FutureGen to Illinois and is fully aware of the delegation’s commitment to moving the project forward." Rep. Tim Johnson said, "based on his comments, I remain optimistic that, as the new administration gains momentum, FutureGen will indeed be part of our future."

Durbin’s Office Press Release: