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Illinois Republicans push for vote on fracking

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A poster projecting job and economic growth related to "fracking" was on display Tuesday at the State Capitol in Springfield. A bill to regulate the practice, drafted by lawmakers, industry and environmental groups, has been sitting in a House committee.

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State Rep. David Reis, an Olney Republican, answers questions about oil drilling on Tuesday at the Capitol in Springfield.

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House Republicans cranked up the pressure Tuesday for a vote on legislation regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois, saying it has the backing of industry and environmentalists and would pass easily, and that the state is losing out on jobs and revenue by dragging its heels.
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    • A poster projecting job and economic growth related to “fracking” was on display Tuesday at the State Capitol in Springfield. A bill to regulate the practice, drafted by lawmakers, industry and environmental groups, has been sitting in a House committee.
    • State Rep. David Reis, an Olney Republican, answers questions about oil drilling on Tuesday at the Capitol in Springfield.
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