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Illinois Soybean Producers Applaud Governor Blagojevich's (IL) Support of Biodiesel

Date Posted: July 29, 2005

Bloomington, IL (July 29)--For the second time this summer, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed into law July 28 a measure to boost the use of biodiesel throughout Illinois.

This latest law requires that state government, county and local governments, school districts, universities and community colleges and mass transit agencies fuel their diesel vehicles with 2 percent biodiesel, a renewable fuel typically made from soybeans.

Early this summer, Gov. Blagojevich approved legislation that provides rebates for drivers using fuels with a minimum 20 percent biodiesel blend.

"This new law solidifies Illinois' status as the nation's leading biodiesel user," says Earl H. Williams, Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) President and soybean farmer from Cherry Valley.

"On behalf of Illinois' soybean growers, I thank Governor Blagojevich for his continued support of biodiesel.

"Biodiesel is good for the economy, good for the environment and good for energy security and Illinois continues to lead the nation in biodiesel-friendly legislation."

"The state must take the lead in protecting the environment.

"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," said Gov. Blagojevich.

"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.

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.

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