Quinn signs bills promoting electric vehicles

July 9, 2011 6:40:52 PM PDT
On Saturday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed two bills into law with the goal of getting drivers to use more electric vehicles.

The signing took place at a Walgreens on South Halsted. The store has a charging station for electric vehicles.

One bill creates a grant program to help companies purchase electric vehicles for their fleets. The other bill creates an electric vehicle advisory council.

Quinn says these measures will help ease the state's dependence on petroleum and create jobs.