CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two bills into law that aim to increase the use of electric vehicles around the state.
The governor signed the documents Saturday in front of a Walgreens store near downtown Chicago that has a charging station for electric vehicles.
One bill establishes a grant program to help companies purchase electric vehicles for its fleets. The other one creates an electric vehicle advisory council within the administration. The laws take effect immediately.
Quinn says electric vehicles will help ease the state's dependence on petroleum and create jobs. He says he hopes to make Illinois an "electric vehicle capital."
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