Reitz will advocate for Southern Illinois coal


Red Bud IL – The Metro-East’s newest state representative, Nathan Reitz (D-Steeleville), was appointed to the Illinois Coal Development Board, fitting with his previous experience as plant supervisor of the Baldwin Power Plant and his years as a union electrician.

The board advises the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, allowing Reitz to be an advocate for southern Illinois coal.

“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,” Reitz, a former member of IBEW Local 51, said.
“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.

“I understand how vital coal is to our local economy and workforce,” he added. “We rely on coal to power our homes and businesses. Many families rely on coal for their livelihoods, as there are many proud miners in our region, and power plants across southern Illinois that employ hundreds of workers.”

Reitz was appointed in May 2019 to represent the 116th House District, which includes parts of St. Clair, Monroe, Perry and Randolph counties, mostly south of the Metro-East.

Reitz replaced Jerry Costello II, who became director of law enforcement for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Reitz can be contacted at (618) 282-7284 or email




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