SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is announcing his appointment to the Illinois Coal Development Board to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of former Senator David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville).

“I am looking forward to this new role on the Coal Development Board and hope that it will be a tool for revitalizing our coal industry in Southern Illinois,” says Fowler. “It is my hope that as the energy market rebounds, our Illinois coal miners will return to the industry.”

The Illinois Coal Development Board promotes and develops an annual agenda for research and methodologies to increase use of Illinois coal resources, and advises the Office of Coal Development and Illinois Clean Coal Institute on coal research and development policy and projects.

The Board is a bipartisan breakdown of legislators from the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives. It also involves representatives of various facets from the Illinois coal industry.

Dale Fowler

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