State Senator Julie Morrison (D) Deerfield visited IMA member Jelly Belly Candy. Jelly Belly has been producing sweet treats in Illinois for more than 100 years. Originally founded as Goelitz Confectionery, their first product was candy corn. Jelly Belly employes 120 people in their North Chicago facility. They produce a variety of candies ranging from jelly beans to mints and chocolate covered almonds.
Illinois has a proud manufacturing history. Manufacturers are the economic drivers of the state and continue to increase production. Employing more than 500,000 workers and producing more than $92.4 billion in total output last year, Illinois manufacturers are shining examples of adaptability and innovation.
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center has recognized five IMA member companies with 2013 Governor’s Sustainability Awards. The awards are presented to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.
AbbVie and United Airlines are first time recipients of the award while Caterpillar, ComEd and McDonald’s were recognized for their efforts at continuous improvements. Click Here (http://www.istc.illinois.edu/info/govs_awards_docs/2013-ga-booklet.pdf#nameddest=AbbVie) to read more about each companies individual achievements.
Instead, they stood and prayed outside Madigan’s doors, which were guarded by Capitol police.
“We are here today because two-thirds of Illinois corporations pay nothing,” said the Rev. Thomas Gaulke, a pastor at First Lutheran Church of the Trinity in Chicago. Gaulke said the group has been trying to meet with Madigan for more than a year.
From The Chicago Sun-Times: It was great to be back in my hometown this past week to join GE and other partners for a special announcement that will impact our nation’s heroes, bolster the talent pipeline and enhance U.S. manufacturing and America’s competitiveness.
I’m proud to say that GE — in partnership with the State of Illinois, The Manufacturing Institute, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and Harper College — announced Illinois is the first state to join the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) coalition, dedicated to closing the skills gap and supporting veterans as they transition to careers in advanced manufacturing.
American manufacturers are closely watching economic news out of China, which is reassessing some of its key policies.
Despite an economic rebound in the third quarter, China is still focused on shifting from an export-driven growth model toward one that is led more by domestic demand. Mark Denzler is with the Illinois Manufacturers Association. He says whether or not that’s good for American companies largely depends on trade tactics.
“As long as China continues to allow American products into their country, we think we stand on good footing,” Denzler said.
In 2012, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association championed a 25-year extension of the successful Enterprise Zone Program. This fall, the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will be participating in a series of public events around the state to explain the new Enterprise Zone Program and the application process. If your community is currently in an Enterprise Zone or would like to apply for one, it’s important that they learn how to apply and the new rules governing the program.
Greg Baise, President and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, says it’s wrong for Gov. Quinn to block any incentives for ADM to move its headquarters from Decatur to Chicago until the legislature passes pension reform.
Since other states are competing for ADM’s corporate headquarters, Baise says it’s imperative that Illinois is able to make it’s best offer now.
“It’s important that Illinois present a reasonable package of incentives to keep that coporate headquarters here because Chicago is a center of corporate leadership in this country,” Baise said.
O-I, one of the largest glass bottle producers in the country, hosted State Representative Frank Mautino (D)Spring Valley and State Senator Sue Rezin (R)Morris for a tour of their Sterling, IL facility. The plant produces over two million glass bottles a day. Chances are you’ve held one of their bottles while enjoying products from fellow IMA members Miller-Coors and Diagio.
This afternoon, the Illinois State Police released their new regulation governing concealed carry signage. Companies that prohibit concealed carry in their buildings or on their property must conspicuously post approved signage at the entrance of a building, premises or real property.
The State Police regulation requires a white background; no text (except the reference to Illinois Code 430 ILCS 66/1) or marking within the one inch area surrounding the graphic design; a depiction of a handgun in black ink with a circle around and diagonal slash across the firearm in red ink; and that the image must be 4 inches in diameter. The sign in its entirety must be 4 x 6 inches. Rules do allow the posting of a larger sign.
Download an approved template here.