Exelon Corp. announced Thursday that it will close the Clinton Power Station and a second nuclear reactor in the Quad Cities. The decision came after legislation that would have helped stave off huge financial losses at the two facilities stalled in the General Assembly, though consumer groups argued the bill was nothing more than a bailout for a very profitable company.

The Clinton nuclear plant employs about 700 people and is DeWitt County's largest employer. It generates about $15 million in annual local property taxes for the area. Here's a closer look at the factors leading up to Thursday's decision. 

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CLINTON — There is a training room near the Clinton Power Station where visitors can watch a simulated “scramble” emergency when the nuclear r…

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