Why Decatur? Why not? State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) says he knows it's a long shot, but you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. He says Macon County has two elements which would make it an excellent candidate to land Boeing's 777X jet manufacturing plant: a severe need and a skilled workforce.
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“The city of Decatur has lost twenty percent of its population in the last thirty years,” Mitchell says. “It needs some good news. It needs a shot in the arm with some good jobs.”
How can Illinois compete with twenty-some other states for the Boeing plant? Mitchell says Indiana is putting on a strong competition against Illinois on the grounds of workers' compensation rates and property tax structure.
Mitchell says, overall, Illinois can build a better atmosphere than it has now to encourage business. This comes in the wake of House Speaker Mike Madigan's (D-Chicago) criticism of “case-by-case” incentives and his refusal to call an ADM incentive bill before the House adjourned. ADM announced the move of its corporate headquarters to Chicago without any incentives, including a Senate-passed measure which would have committed the company to put more jobs in Decatur.