Manar Headshotr thumbSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding ADM's announcement to move their headquarters and their subsequent request for tax incentives.

“I’ve had countless conversations with constituents, local officials and community groups who are angered by ADM’s recent announcement of their intention to move their headquarters. I would have preferred to have seen ADM first engage state and local officials to find a way to maintain employment levels in Decatur. 

Now, only eight days later, there is legislation moving in the House of Representatives to give ADM tens of millions to potentially stay in Illinois and move to Chicago.  Not so fast.  Illinois is facing tough times.  Decatur is facing tougher times with the highest unemployment rate in the State. I will oppose any bill and I will urge my colleagues to join me in opposing any bill that results in net job loss in Decatur.

I view ADM’s request as unprecedented given the circumstances involved.  Therefore, asking for the state’s financial assistance to move from one area of the state to another should involve unprecedented requirements before moving forward.

This legislation should require a transparent and open process and I am pleased ADM has given that commitment to me. But ultimately, our legislative efforts ought to be targeted toward investment in places in Illinois with generationally high unemployment, like Decatur.”

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