It was great news to learn that negotiations are moving forward to secure Rivian Automotive to take over the existing Mitsubishi plant. This is an exciting new economic opportunity for the Bloomington-Normal area. It could not have been successful without the hard work of a lot of different individuals. I appreciate everyone’s commitment to bring new jobs and new vitality to our community. We had hoped to entice another automotive manufacturing firm that would utilize the skilled workforce in our area. This venture is anticipated to bring up to $175 million new investment to Central Illinois and 1,000 new jobs when the retooled plant is at full production.
The past two weeks have been a win for jobs in Illinois. Governor Rauner signed the energy bill that will keep the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear power plants open. This energy bill also secured viable sources for energy for Illinois citizens for many years.
With only a few weeks left until some of the state’s spending authority runs out, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders continued to meet in Chicago to discuss a full-year budget plan accompanied by reforms; however, meetings have been put on hold while the Governor and Republican leaders await a budget proposal from Democrat legislative leaders.
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Senator Bill Brady