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Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Statement on End of Session

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) released the following statement regarding the end of the spring legislative session:

“After more than a year of disruption and difficulty, the governor and lawmakers did nothing to proactively support businesses across the state struggling to rebuild. Instead, they created hurdle after hurdle for job creators, putting in place a new law to dramatically increase litigation costs on manufacturers, hospitals, and doctors, eliminating $650 million in tax incentives designed to spur economic development, and pushing changes to our state constitution that would sharply limit the ability of businesses to negotiate with unions. Meanwhile, they failed to implement structural reforms that would put our state on a better financial footing and provide the kind of stability businesses need to grow and thrive, including ignoring $5 billion in debt that is crushing our state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Instead of rising to the occasion, lawmakers once again let the business community down,” said Mark Denzler, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.

About the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA)

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing sector in Illinois. The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States, representing nearly 4,000 companies and facilities. For more information, please visit