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Measures promoting Illinois and American jobs passes house

5/3/2017, midnight
Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet, to help create local jobs by requiring the state to prioritize ...

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet, to help create local jobs by requiring the state to prioritize the purchase of products made in Illinois and the United States recently passed the House.

“Taxpayer dollars should be going towards supporting jobs in our own state and country, not being sent to overseas corporations,” Walsh said. “These measures will help lift up the middle class and create good-paying jobs.”

Walsh’s House Bill 137 mandates that state agencies must prioritize American-made products when making any type of purchase of goods. Walsh is also sponsoring a companion bill, House Bill 138, which mandates that state agencies must show preference to Illinois-manufactured goods when making any type of purchase of goods, if possible. If no Illinois source is found, they are then required to purchase products made in America. The bills state that the products must be made up of more than 50 percent American or Illinoisan components.

“Our area is fortunate to be home to so many great businesses and it’s time we start investing in the people who live and work here,” Walsh said. “I will continue fighting for commonsense reforms like these to help our local economy prosper.”