COAL: Ill. production makes comeback, drawing scrutiny from green groups Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 The coal industry in the Illinois Basin is more than holding its own in a rough time for mining. Please subscribe to Greenwire to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.