Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) will be in Rockford Tuesday to meet with the Stateline’s business community.
One topic on their minds is the budget impasse. With no signs of it ending anytime soon, Stateline leaders hope Rauner’s visit will provide some solutions.
For the last eight months, the state of Illinois has operated without a budget. “I feel very disappointed,” said Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford). “I feel very frustrated.”
Wallace’s sentiment is echoed by Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford). “It’s frustrating because the answers to this problem are not difficult,” said Syverson.
Gov. Rauner is expected to talk about possible solutions to the budget mess when he addresses local business leaders Tuesday morning at Rockford Chamber of Commerce event. He’ll take questions and a property tax freeze will be among a few, high priority subject matters.
“It’s something that’s part of the turnaround agenda,” said Wallace. “I think that many of us can agree to, and that’s something that business owners have talked about, the cost of doing business in Illinois.”
“Worker’s compensation is a significant problem,” said Syverson. “Especially, for manufacturing and healthcare areas. So, he’ll hear from businesses that say, ‘What you’re fighting for is vital for us to stay competitive.'”
But, is being competitive good enough for any area saturated with manufacturing businesses? According to Rockford Chamber President & CEO Einar Forsman, the answer is “no.” “I think we need to see more investment coming. I think we need to see more development coming.