House Republicans are frustrated over the lack of action on fracking after a bill was proposed last month.
State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says the bill needs to pass as soon as possible.
“I’ve got people that can’t figure out how they’re going to provide for their electric bill,” says Bost. “I’ve got people that are trying to raise children. They’re looking to leave to other states. Family farms have fallen by the wayside because there’s not enough jobs to support it. What’s the harm? The harm is we’ve already lost 177,000 jobs here in the state of Illinois. How much longer are we going to continue down this path, and how much longer are we going to allow the games that are played here to starve people to death?”
Democratic leaders say the concerns raised since last month are safety-minded, though Republicans believe it's game-playing. Democrats say they want a two-year moratorium on the practice.