A group of approximately 50 protesters forced their way into IMA’s Springfield lobby and briefly chanted anti-fracking slogans for about 10 minutes Wednesday afternoon. The well-rehearsed protest disbursed when the group’s leaders heard police being dispatched via scanners they were monitoring. No damage was done, no arrests were made, and no minds were changed about the benefits of hydraulic fracturing.
The Illinois Manufacturers Association and Verisight, Inc. invite you to participate in the 2013 IMA Compensation Survey. The data submission deadline for this survey has been extended to Friday, April 26th. All participants will receive a FREE electronic copy of the survey report. In addition, IMA members will receive significant discounts on custom reports.
“Let us set as our national goal, in the spirit of Apollo, with the determination of the Manhattan Project, that by the end of this decade we will have developed the potential to meet our own energy needs without depending on any foreign energy source.” President Richard Nixon (November 7, 1973)
Four decades ago, President Richard Nixon introduced “Project Independence” to the American people only weeks after the Arab oil embargo threatened the United States with the long-term possibility of high oil prices, a disrupted energy supply, and a potential recession. The price of gasoline jumped from 38.5 cents per gallon to more than 55.1 cents within a span of five months and politicians called for a gas-rationing program. Ninety percent of gas station owners complied with the President’s request not to sell fuel at certain times on weekends and the state of Oregon implemented a ban on Christmas and commercial lights.
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“While we applaud Governor Quinn’s continued push for pension reform, the time for talk is over. Our pension debt has skyrocketed and our bond ratings have plummeted,” said Greg Baise, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “The Illinois General Assembly must pass pension reform in the near future because the fiscal instability is not only threatening important state services, it’s forcing businesses to look elsewhere for future investments.”