SPRINGFIELD, IL – Legislation to put Illinois on level footing with Iowa to secure the Cronus Chemicals fertilizer facility is progressing through the Illinois Senate, according to State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet).
“I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Senate President John Cullerton for his cooperation on this legislation. A $1 billion project that will bring 2,000 construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs to Douglas County and surrounding areas would be a huge boost for central Illinois,” Rose said. “I am optimistic that we will be able to move this legislation through both chambers and to the Governor’s desk in a timely-manner.”
Senator Rose’s measure, Senate Bill 1147 will allow the Cronus Chemicals fertilizer plant to qualify as a high-impact agricultural business in Illinois in hopes of enticing the company to choose Illinois over Iowa.
Senator Rose has previously engaged Governor Pat Quinn’s office directly to push for efforts to land the company and the Governor, in response, personally called senior level execs at the company in the bid to land this project. “I genuinely appreciate the Governor’s personal involvement in this matter,” said Rose.
SB 1147 unanimously passed the Senate State Government and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on April 10 and now awaits a full Senate vote.