- Published: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 05:41 PM
SPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday, State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) passed legislation that will create hundreds of new jobs throughout the state, keep ADM's global headquarters in Illinois and promote the growth of ADM’s North American headquarters in Decatur.
“I am pleased to announce that the Senate approved bi-partisan legislation that will create and protect jobs in Decatur and across Illinois,” Manar said. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the business community, Mayor Mike McElroy and the City of Decatur, the Chamber of Commerce and local officials, a potentially crippling loss of jobs has turned into a very positive outcome for the city of Decatur and the state of Illinois.”
ADM announced in September its intentions to relocate its world headquarters and sought state incentives to keep it in Illinois. Manar noted that he opposed the initial bill filed in the House citing its failure to provide adequate assurances that investments would be made and jobs would be created to offset the loss of jobs and economic activity in Decatur created by the move.
“This proposal began as a deeply flawed bill that would have benefitted very few at the expense of taxpayers,” Manar said.
Working with ADM executives and local officials in Decatur, Manar crafted a bill that will allow ADM to keep its headquarters, along with 100 corporate headquarter jobs, here in Illinois. In addition, ADM will move 100 jobs from other states to Decatur and, over the next five years, is committed to adding or filling 100 full-time positions annually in Decatur.
“I appreciate ADM’s willingness to listen and work with both myself and local elected officials that led to this important job creation legislation,” Manar concluded. “Our state still has a tough hill to climb and faces many challenges that demand our disciplined attention, but this bill is a step in the right direction – solidifying ADM’s current and future presence in Illinois while helping create jobs in a balanced way throughout the state.”
Manar’s legislation also creates a job task force to create even more downstate jobs by promoting ADM’s new Midwest Inland Port intermodal facility. Taking advantage of three class one railroads that intersect in Decatur, a coalition of public sector officials and private business leaders will work to maximize and improve the area’s transportation infrastructure, which will lead to long-term economic growth for Decatur and Downstate Illinois.
To ensure taxpayers are protected, strict accountability measures have been included in the proposal. If job creation and investment provisions are not met, ADM will be required to return incentive funds to the taxpayers.