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On August 7, 2011, Illinois Governor Quinn signed House Bill 1558 which establishes the Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Advisory Council. The council is charged with evaluating siting and engineering issues associated with development of wind farms in Lake Michigan. In addition, the council will evaluate the impact of wind farms on commercial fishing, recreational activities, and the environment. According to Governor Quinn, the council will be chaired by the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and will be made up of representatives from state agencies and organizations that include environmental, tourism, education and energy entities. The council is required to identify locations that would be appropriate for offshore wind development by June 30, 2012.