The people who promote things that are “made in Illinois” are trying to pump up the numbers. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is announcing the “Buy Illinois Challenge.”“If everybody who buys food – and that’s all of us – would spend ten dollars buying Illinois food products a week, that would generate $2.4 billion through our economy,” said Bob Flider, acting director of the department, in unveiling the program at a Springfield supermarket.
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He said not to count out farmer’s markets, restaurants, and wineries, either. The department cited research showing the state ranks first in the nation in food processing sales, third in food processing employees, and third in food manufacturing employees. The department also unveiled a new logo to identify items as an Illinois Product.