New IMA Report: Electricity Competition has Saved Illinois Consumers $37 Billion

Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014: The report (click here to download) being released Monday by four business groups says the average household has paid $3,600 less overall than if the average annual electricity rates had stayed the same.

Deregulation kicked in in 1998, allowing Illinois utilities to compete for business on the open market rather than being regulated monopolies whose rates were set. The utilities before deregulation both supplied and delivered electricity to customers, who had no other choices. The legislature also restructured the natural gas market.

The report was issued by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Business Roundtable. Electric rates have risen recently as utilities make “smart grid” improvements.

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In the Loop 408 - Sand Fracking (October 23, 2014)


In the Loop 408 - Sand Fracking: featuring Mark Denzler, COO-IMA … To get at valuable sand underneath, mining companies are snapping up Illinois farmland that families have had for generations.The debate over ‘fracking’ for oil and gas is playing out in Illinois.


Senate EPW Report on the Unconventional Oil and Gas Boom

This morning, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Republican staff released a comprehensive report on the unconventional oil and gas boom, the role of new technologies in making this happen, and the manufacturing comeback that is being driven by these developments. This report echoes many of the messages the NAM has been advancing on the topic.  In addition, the report demystifies and rebuts many of the issues being raised by anti-fracking activists.  It’s a very good report and one that can be a good resource as you try to tell the story of energy and manufacturing competitiveness.  The report can be found here and the Committee’s press release can be found here.


Inspire Illinois Reaches Phase 1 Fundraising Goal

Regional launch begins, moving toward a statewide roll-out

September 30, 2014 – The Inspire Illinois initiative for bringing industry and education together to help students and job seekers achieve their goals and address communities’ workforce development needs has reached its Phase 1 fundraising goal.  Jim Nelson, Vice President of External Affairs for the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA), announced that the IMA Education Foundation, on behalf of the Manufacturing STEM Learning Exchange, and the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Learning Exchange, with key support from the Health Sciences and Energy STEM Learning Exchanges have provided the Phase 1 funding support.  The IMA Education Foundation is also serving as the state-wide license holder for Inspire Illinois.

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The Illinois Manufacturers' Association proudly announce our endorsement of Republican Bruce Rauner in the race for Governor

Our announcement at Quality Floats Works, Inc., a family-owned and operated manufacturing company followed an intensive vetting process that included a candidate questionnaire and individual interviews with both candidates for office. We also polled our members to get your opinions about the election. Hundreds of companies responded and more than 90 percent expressed their support for Bruce Rauner. The IMA appreciates the candor and discussions that occurred with both Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner during this two-month process as they outlined their vision and plans for moving Illinois forward.

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