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2018 Illinois Midwest NB News Public Policy TMA News Bulletin

Does your state rep encourage manufacturing?

TMA Media February 19, 2019
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Optimism among manufacturers nationwide is at all-time highs, but
manufacturers are not similarly hopeful about their futures in the state of Illinois.

In 2015, 42% of Illinois state representatives had a cumulative score of 75 or better, meaning they were pro-manufacturing. In 2017, only 23% scored 75 or better, meaning a stunning 77% voted against bills encouraging manufacturing. In 2018, 33% of the Illinois House members scored 70 or more on bills important to manufacturers, showing a
slightly better understanding from the year before of how their votes affect the industry.

Still, manufacturing continues to be one of Illinois’ most crucial industries.

Those 39 of 118 Illinois House members that acted on their understanding and supported the 19,544 manufacturing firms that provide over half a million jobs statewide and scored 70 or more on TMA’s 2018 Legislative Scorecard include:

More details on TMA’s 2018 Legislative Scorecard HERE.