From left, Citizens Utility Board Executive Director David Kolata, Dulce Ortiz from Clean Power Lake County and Christie Hicks, an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund testify in favor of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. [Heather Cherone/The Daily Line]

Lawmakers must act this spring to change the way Illinois residents use and pay for energy as part of an effort to fight climate change before new rules that favor power generated by fossil fuels take effect, environmental advocates said Friday.

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