www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Travel & Recreation
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


[Search Tips]

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2005

GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES OPPORTUNITY RETURNS GRANTS THAT HAVE HELPED QUADRUPLE THE NUMBER OF E-85 STATIONS IN ILLINOIS
Governor Promotes Continued Growth of Ethanol across Illinois at the Farm Progress Show

DECATUR – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that thirty new E-85 stations have recently come online since March of this year thanks to grants from his E-85 Clean Energy Infrastructure Program.  The total number of E-85 stations now in Illinois has quadrupled from 14 just over a year ago to nearly 70 stations today.  E-85, an advanced hybrid of ethanol that is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, has been 15 to 50 cents cheaper than regular gasoline through the past year, which could mean savings for drivers between three and ten dollars every time they fill their car with gas.
 
To help bring the thirty new stations online, Gov. Blagojevich announced more than $50,000 in E-85 Clean Energy Infrastructure Development grants, and that an additional $450,000 is still available for stations that convert to or open gas pumps that offer E-85.  Gov. Blagojevich voiced his support for E-85’s continued growth in Illinois alongside agricultural, business and community leaders.   
 
“We used to just ask farmers to provide food and fiber.  But today, we must ask much more.  Since agriculture plays a growing role in our state’s economy, we are relying on them for food, fiber and fuel.  This partnership with thirty new stations makes less expensive fuel available to drivers and can make a big difference for consumers, the environment and farmers across Illinois,” Gov. Blagojevich said. 
 
Communities where new E-85 stations have recently begun offering the fuel and are receiving grants include Albion, Bartonville, Bloomington, Centralia, Cisne, Clay City, Decatur, Eldorado, Fairfield, Frankfort, Galatia, Harrisburg, Lincoln, Lombard, Mahomet, Marion, McLeansboro, Morrison, Normal, Pana, Peru, Pontiac, Roseville, Salem, Springfield, Vandalia and West Frankfort.
 
Ethanol and E-85 play an increasing role in America today by reducing our dependence on oil imported from unstable regions of the world, reducing consumer energy costs, cleaning the air, and supporting rural economic development by creating jobs and increasing grain prices.  Ethanol currently accounts for about 3 percent of the gasoline sold in America; imported oil however now accounts for more than 25 percent of the national trade deficit.
 
 
The E-85 Clean Infrastructure Development Program is made possible by a partnership between the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.  Through this partnership, announced by Gov. Blagojevich in March, the Foundation is providing DCEO with $500,000 to support new E-85 stations in Illinois, which in turn provides up to 50 percent of the total cost for converting an existing gas station (maximum grant of $2,000 per site) to E-85, or 50 percent of the total cost for the construction of a new E-85 refueling facility (maximum grant of up to $40,000 per facility).  Additional stations will be coming online as the program continues with a goal of 100 stations in Illinois by the end of 2006.  View a map of existing stations that offer E-85 by visiting www.IllinoisGreenFleets.org.
 
“We’ve seen amazing growth in the number of stations offering E-85 and, by partnering with Gov. Blagojevich and the state, we’ve helped quadruple the number of stations across Illinois.  E-85 has many benefits, including reduced carbon dioxide emissions, but the bottom line is that E-85 has very real economic benefits for our state,” said Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Chairman Phil Novak.
 
“Our nation needs to significantly increase our utilization of renewable fuels, and Gov. Blagojevich’s E-85 infrastructure program has been a great success in expanding the ability of people across Illinois to purchase E-85.  E-85 supports farmers and is a great option for consumers, and we are very pleased with our partnership with the Governor in expanding the number of E-85 stations across the state,” said Roger Sy, President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association.
 
E-85 can be used in “Flexible Fuel Vehicles” (FFVs) that can run on gasoline, E-85, or any combination of the two.  There are currently more than four million FFVs on the road today nationwide, 100,000 of which are in Illinois.  Widely available models include the 5.3 liter Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickup trucks, 3.0 liter Ford Taurus sedans, and 4.0 liter Explorers, as well as 3.3 liter Chrysler Caravan Minivans.  A complete list of models is available at www.e85fuel.com.  Gas retailers can learn about the E-85 Clean Energy Infrastructure Program guidelines by visiting www.commerce.state.il.us or by calling 217/785.5082.
 
“I’m very pleased to salute the agriculture community and everybody in the ethanol industry for doing all that they do to make this clean, American fuel available across Illinois and across the country.  Gov. Blagojevich is leading the way to expanding the availability of ethanol and E-85 available to working families,” said DCEO Director Jack Lavin. 
 
The announcement by Gov. Blagojevich today is consistent with numerous other steps he has taken over the last two years to advance the ethanol and biodiesel industry in Illinois, including:
 
Enacting legislation in 2003 to eliminate the state sales tax on E-85, allowing the fuel to retail for 10 to 15 cents per gallon cheaper than regular unleaded gasoline.
 
Enacting legislation this year to require school districts and local governments across the state to use biodiesel blends of at least 2 percent for their government fleets.
 
Announcing more than $1.5 million in Opportunity Returns funding for the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to support the center’s role in technological innovation to continue to reduce the costs of ethanol production;
 
Providing $4.8 million to the Lincolnland Agri-Energy Ethanol plant in Robinson, to help the plant succeed in closing on private financing for the project - the plant is now producing more than 40 million gallons of ethanol per year;
 
Chairing the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition in 2004 and successfully encouraging that body to adopt a sweeping package of support for both traditional sources of ethanol (like corn), as well as new biomass sources of ethanol.   Most of these recommendations were recently signed into law as part of the Energy Bill, including the 7.5 billion gallon by 2012 Renewable Fuels Standard.  The report by the Governors Ethanol Coalition is available on the Coalition’s website at www.ethanol-gec.org.
 
 

E-85 Stations Across Illinois

 
*New E-85 Stations in Illinois Utilizing the DCEO E-85 Clean Infrastructure Program
**New E-85 Stations previously funded through DCEO cooperative grant with the Illinois Corn Growers Association
 
 
County
City
Name
Address
**Bureau
Princeton
Princeton Fast Stop
720 North Main
*Champaign
Mahomet
Illico #423, Beyond Petroleum
204 North Lombard St.
*Christian
Pana
Qik-n-EZ
301 South Poplar
Christian
Taylorville
Fuel 24
1200 N. Cheney St.
Clark
Marshall
Jiffy Mini-Mart
1804 Illinois Highway 1
*Clay
Clay City
Clay City Knapp Mart
South Main Street & Route 50
Cook
Arlington Heights
PVP Auto/Marathon
815 W. Rand Rd.
Cook
Chicago
Gas City Ltd.
4070 N. Clark, St.
Cook
Des Plaines
Speedway
885 E. Touhy Avenue
Cook
Elgin
Larkin Marathon
1126 Larkin Ave.
Cook
Evanston
Clark Station
2401 Dempster
Cook
Mt. Prospect
Formula Automotive Inc. Marathon
310 W. Northwest Hwy.
Cook
Palatine
Palatine Oil Company Marathon
515 West Colfax
Cook
Chicago
Kean Oil Co.
111th & Talman
*DuPage
Lombard
Road Ranger #237
909 East Roosevelt Rd.
DuPage
Villa Park
Marathon
149 W. St. Charles Rd.
*Edwards
Albion
Albion Knapp Mart
4th & Elm
*Fayette
Vandalia
Vandalia Shell
1595 North 8th Street
*Franklin
West Frankfort
West Frankfort Gas for Less
511 W. Main St.
*Hamilton
McLeansboro
ROC One Stop
100 East Randolph Street
Jefferson
Mount Vernon
Razzle’s Convenience Store
1801 South 10th
Knox
Williamsfield
FS Fast Stop
218 Illinois Route 180
*LaSalle
Peru
Sapp Brothers – Illinois
3130 May Rd.
*Livingston
Pontiac
Meier Oil – Pontiac
405 North 2nd Street
Livingston
Dwight
Becker’s Hotrod BP
I-55 & Highway 47
*Logan
Lincoln
Shiv Oil Co.
725 Broadway
*Logan
Lincoln
Clark
602 Woodlawn Rd.
**Logan
Lincoln
Qik-n-EZ
520 Keokuk
*Macon
Decatur
Pacific Pride
3117 N. 22nd St.
*Marion
Salem
Salem Knapp Mart
500 S. Broadway Ave.
Mason
Mason City
Fuel 24
1016 W. Chestnut
Massac
Metropolis
Metropolis Knapp Mart
1117 E. 5th
McDonough
Blandinsville
Mini Stop
400 E. Washington St.
*McLean
Bloomington
PSM Shell, Inc.
2401 East Oakland Ave.
*McLean
Normal
Qik-n-EZ
1510 East Vernon
McLean
Bloomington
FS Farmtown
808 S. Morrisey
McLean
Bloomington
Qik-n-EZ
1607 Morrissey
McLean
Normal
Qik-n-EZ
1609 North Main St.
**Monroe
Waterloo
Gateway Fast Stop
511 W. Park St.
**Montgomery
Litchfield
Wolff Oil, Inc.
1511 Old Route 66 North
*Peoria
Bartonville
Phillips
2136 S. Airport Rd.
Pike
Griggsville
Logan Agri-Svc
Route 107 South
Randolph
Sparta
Fuel 24
617 S. St. Louis St.
*Saline
Eldorado
ROC One Stop
1100 N. U.S. Highway 45
*Saline
Eldorado
Eldorado Knapp Mart
1413 U.S. Route 45 South
*Saline
Galatia
ROC One Stop
200 East Main St.
*Saline
Harrisburg
ROC One Stop
409 N. Commercial St.
Saline
Harrisburg
Southern FS
5 West Robinson
*Sangamon
Springfield
Qik-n-EZ
2800 Peoria Rd.
*Sangamon
Springfield
Qik-n-EZ
1101 Stevenson Drive
*Sangamon
Springfield
Qik-n-EZ
1995 W. Monroe St.
Sangamon
Springfield
Qik-n-EZ
1230 Toronto Rd
Sangamon
Springfield
Qik-n-EZ
430 N. Grand Ave., East
**Shelby
Shelbyville
Qik-n-EZ
615 North Cedar
Stephenson
Lena
Lena Cenex @ Noller’s Food Price
201 Dodd’s Drive
*Warren
Roseville
FS, Fuel 24
764 90th Avenue
*Washington
Centralia
Center City Knapp Mart
113 West Green
Washington
Centralia
Central City Knapp Mart
100 North Broadway
Washington
Nashville
Nashville Knapp Mart
17970 Mockingbird Rd.
*Wayne
Cisne
Cisne Knapp Mart
600 US Route 45 South
*Wayne
Fairfield
Fairfield Gas for Less
603 South First St.
*Whiteside
Morrison
FS Fast Stop
615 East Lincolnway
*Williamson
Marion
Marion Gas for Less
714 West Main St.
Winnebago
Rockford
Phillips
4545 Sandy Hollow Road
 
 
Gov. Blagojevich's Opportunity Returns regional economic development strategy is the most aggressive, comprehensive approach to creating jobs in Illinois' history. Since a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development just doesn't work, the Governor has divided the state into 10 regions – each with a regional team that is empowered and expected to rapidly respond to opportunities and challenges. Opportunity Returns is about tangible, specific actions to make each region more accessible, more marketable, more entrepreneurial and more attractive to businesses. It is about upgrading the skills of the local workforce, increasing the access to capital, opening new markets, improving infrastructure, and creating and retaining jobs. Opportunity Returns is about successfully partnering with companies and communities, both large and small, to help all of Illinois reach its economic potential.


###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us