House GOP to discuss fracking in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Republicans from the Illinois House plan to address hydraulic fracturing in the state.

House Republican leader Tom Cross has called a Tuesday news conference along with state Reps. Mike Bost, Mike Fortner, Brad Halbrook and David Reis. They say they will discuss the future of hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Lawmakers have been working on legislation that would facilitate and regulate the practice of high-volume oil and gas drilling, known as "fracking." Lawmakers, representatives from the oil and gas industry, environmentalists, agriculture industry officials and Attorney General Lisa Madigan have been involved.