FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 18, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
Rauner Administration Fails to Land Toyota/Mazda Plant
Illinois Loses Out on 4,000 New Jobs
Today, Intersect Illinois announced that Illinois is no longer in the running for the Toyota/Mazda plant expected to generate as many as 4,000 jobs. Illinois lost out despite the Rauner Administration taking the lead in recruiting the companies and Gov. Bruce Rauner himself traveling to Asia last month to pitch top executives. Illinois has lost more than 12,000 manufacturing jobs since Gov. Rauner took office.
"Today's announcement is yet another example of the economic damage Gov. Bruce Rauner has inflicted upon Illinois," said Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis. "Gov. Rauner has created widespread economic uncertainty that has caused long-lasting damage to Illinois' business climate. While Gov. Rauner trashes' Illinois economy, job growth has sputtered and our bill backlog has soared.
"Instead of blaming workers for his failure to recruit new businesses to the state, Gov. Rauner should invest in Illinois communities and work collaboratively to find new ways to bring new jobs to Illinois."
About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.
For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org