Exelon is trying to orchestrate an unlikely end-of-session deal to pass far-reaching legislation to prop up what it says are financially struggling nuclear power plants, threatening to close them and eliminate hundreds of jobs if lawmakers don't act.
The scene is a repeat of last year, when the energy giant made a similar ask. That request went nowhere as legislators were consumed with a different power struggle — their budget battle with Gov. Bruce Rauner — and critics said customers shouldn't have to pay more for what amounted to an unnecessary bailout of a profitable company.
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