RED BUD, Ill. – Continuing his efforts to be a strong voice for Southern Illinois industry, state Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville, was recently appointed to the Illinois Coal Development Board.

“As a lifelong Southern Illinoisan, and with my experience as a Plant Supervisor at the Baldwin Power Plant, I understand how vital coal is to our local economy and workforce.” said Reitz. “We rely upon coal to power our homes and businesses. Many families also rely upon coal for their livelihoods, as there are many proud miners in our region, and power plants across Southern Illinois that employ hundreds of workers.”

The Illinois Coal Development Board is an advisory board for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), a state agency that works to provide economic opportunities for Illinois businesses, entrepreneurs and residents. As a member of the Coal Development Board, Reitz will be an advocate for Southern Illinois coal as DCEO explores programs to expand and boost the state’s economy and business market.

“While Chicago politicians actively work to shift our state economy away from coal, as a member of the Coal Development Board I will be a strong voice for Southern Illinois and continue standing up for the coal industry,” said Reitz. “I will fight to protect and grow the coal industry, helping our region’s economy flourish and putting Southern Illinoisans to work for generations to come.”

For more information, contact Rep. Reitz’s constituent service office by calling 618-282-7284 or by emailing

Rep. Nathan ReitzRep. Nathan Reitz

116th District

Springfield Office:
200-7S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1018

District Office:
124 Locust Street
Red Bud, IL  62278
(618) 282-7284
(618) 282-7286 FAX