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Schilling Defends Defense Manufacturing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Friday, 08 June 2012 11:58

Joins Chairman Forbes in Expressing Concern about Senate’s Failure to Halt Sequestration

Rockford, Illinois – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) and House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Subcommittee on Readiness Chairman Randy Forbes (VA-04) this week toured the Rock Island Arsenal, the Quad Cities’ largest employer, and held forums in Moline with Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and in Rockford with Congressman Don Manzullo (IL-16) on defense manufacturing capabilities and how local communities will be impacted by defense cuts if sequestration is not avoided.  

Participating in the Moline forum with Forbes, Schilling, and Loebsack were a number of stakeholders and employees from the Quad Cities.  This morning Forbes and Schilling joined Don Manzullo at Rockford’s SupplyCore, one of the area’s top military contractors.  SupplyCore provides supply chain management services and distributes maintenance, repair, and operations materiel.  SupplyCore this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and has approximately 90 employees in Rockford.  

“Our national debt, which is approaching $16 trillion – or $50,000 for every person in this country – is a national security threat and we must find ways to bring our spending under control,” Schilling said. “Our military makes up 20 percent of our federal budget, but has contributed more than half of the deficit reduction measures we’ve taken thus far.  Military leaders and defense contractors alike are concerned about these cuts.

“It’s important that Congress works to address America’s spending crisis and national debt in ways that don’t put our warfighters at additional risk or provide them with subpar equipment,” Schilling continued. “Placing our warfighters at risk isn’t the solution to our debt problem.”  

During last summer’s debt ceiling negotiations, the Senate majority, which now hasn’t passed a budget in more than three years, put forward a plan that didn’t address the underlying spending problem.  Schilling and his colleagues in the House, on the other hand, repeatedly voted to tackle deficits over the long term while avoiding government default.  

If an alternative plan is not approved, across-the-board spending cuts will be enforced under the Budget Control Act that will result in an 8 percent cut to non-defense discretionary spending and a 10 percent cut to the Department of Defense, beginning in January 2013.  The Administration agrees that these cuts would be “catastrophic” and “disastrous”.

Immediate action can be taken by Congress and the President to responsibly reduce the deficit, but only the House has passed legislation that works towards these shared goals. On May 10, Schilling voted for a proposal to replace the first year’s cuts with spending reforms.  He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act, which requires a report from the Administration on its plans for implementing the sequester.  

“I’m honored to serve the employees of the Rock Island Arsenal and all those men and women from our area who work so hard to provide the best possible tools and equipment to our service members,” Schilling said. “My sincere thanks to Chairman Forbes for taking the time to come to our area and see firsthand the assets to our national security and our local economy that I’m fighting to preserve and strengthen.  I will continue working with the Chairman and our colleagues in the House on policies to preserve our national security, provide for our warfighters, responsibly reduce our deficit, and give military leaders and defense contractors the certainty and transparency they need from the Administration moving forward.”

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Governor Quinn Announces 150 New Jobs at Astellas’ Headquarters for the Americas in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:39
Japanese Pharmaceutical Company Expands in Glenview

GLENVIEW, Ill. – June 4, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Astellas executives and more than 1,000 employees to open the company’s new corporate headquarters for the Americas in Glenview. Astellas is investing about $140 million in Illinois as part of its expansion, which will create 150 new high-tech jobs. As part of his agenda to boost job growth across Illinois, the governor personally met with the corporation's leadership while on a trade mission last year to Japan and China.

“We are committed to establishing Illinois as a leading hub of life sciences, and our work is paying off,” Governor Quinn said. “Illinois has some of the best research and intellectual capital in the world, and these assets help us attract and support the growth of high-potential companies like Astellas in Illinois.”

The new headquarters includes two seven-story buildings totaling 446,000 square feet, an increase of more than 160,000 square feet, which makes it more than a third larger than the former Deerfield location. The buildings and site emphasize sustainability, and the complex is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The company’s more than 1,000 employees recently relocated to the new headquarters, and the expansion includes the addition of 150 good paying, high-tech jobs.

“At Astellas, we measure success not only by bringing innovative pharmaceuticals to patients and physicians, but also by our commitment to the communities in which we work,” said Masao Yoshida, President and CEO of Astellas Pharma US, Inc. “The new Astellas headquarters for the Americas is a symbol of the company’s continued growth, and our close cooperation with the state of Illinois and Governor Quinn’s office. The new buildings are a result of that collaboration and our confidence that Illinois is a good place to do business.”

To bolster the company's $140 million investment in Illinois, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is providing a strategic investment package of approximately $4 million in Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) corporate income tax credits and Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) job training funds. ETIP credits will help Astellas enhance the skills of its workforce while EDGE credits are based and contingent on job creation. If the company does not meet its job creation targets and commitments, they will no longer be eligible for the tax credits.

Under Governor Quinn's leadership, DCEO has worked diligently to identify and aggressively court companies like Astellas that are looking to relocate and/or expand their North American presence. Illinois ranks first in the Midwest as a destination for foreign investment and has already attracted 1,597 foreign firms with 6,416 locations, which employ 323,362 Illinois residents. The Governor will continue to build on this success by playing a key role in marketing Illinois' world-class attributes abroad and personally meeting with companies to recruit them to Illinois.

With $2.2 billion in annual sales for the Americas, Astellas’ expansion will support Illinois’ growing life sciences industry. Illinois’ biopharmaceutical industry, which is supported by the state’s highly-regarded federal labs and renowned research universities, directly employs more than 40,000 people and supports more than 112,000 indirect and induced jobs.

“Illinois has a wealth of research labs and universities to support Astellas as the Japanese drug-maker expands globally,” said DCEO Acting Director David Vaught. “Astellas’ new headquarters not only adds dozens of good-paying jobs in Illinois, but bolster's the region's influence in the life sciences field.”

“I want to congratulate Astellas on their grand opening,” said Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10). “It is great to see an innovative company right here in our community grow and work hard to produce products that will improve patient lives.”

Astellas Pharma US, Inc., located in Glenview, Illinois, is a U.S. affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information about Astellas Pharma US, Inc., please visit www.astellas.us.

Governor Quinn has been committed to growing Illinois’ biosciences industry and was named BIO’s 2011 Governor of the Year. For more information on why Illinois is the right place for any business, visit www.illinoisbiz.biz.

 

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Loebsack Statement on Department of Labor’s May Jobs Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:30

Calls on Congress to stay in session until a comprehensive jobs package is passed

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Dave Loebsack today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s announcement that the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in May and 69,000 jobs were added.

“The one thing preventing Congress from addressing the economy in a meaningful way are the obstruction and games being played in Washington.  Our economy isn’t a game and Washington needs to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

“Time and again, I have crossed the aisle and worked in a bipartisan manner – the Highway Bill, Workforce Investment Act, SECTORS – to try and pass legislation that will get us back to an economy that works for all Iowans.  Washington Republicans do not seem to be in any rush to get anything done. Today’s job report makes one thing very clear, we have a long way to go.  I call on Congress to work every day until a comprehensive jobs package has been passed and the American people have some confidence that Congress is working in their best interest.”

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USDA Community Facilities Program Supports Job Growth Across America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:24

Earlier today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released a report highlighting the ways in which Community Facilities infrastructure investments in rural communities help create jobs and boost economic development, and Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager announced additional investments that will create jobs and promote economic growth across the nation.

The Community Facilities program supports job growth across the nation.  For example, recently, Under Secretary Tonsager had the opportunity to visit Greene County Medical Center (GCMC) in Jefferson, Iowa.  The 75-year-old hospital is planning a large expansion and renovation project that will create a state-of-the-art medical campus and USDA Rural Development will be involved in a big way.

Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced recently that Greene County Medical Center in Iowa will receive loans to e

Our agency is providing an $18 million Community Facilities direct loan and a $2 million guaranteed loan to help upgrade and expand the facility which serves residents from several counties in west central Iowa.

This project at GCMC represents part of a continuing effort by the Obama Administration to advance technology as it relates to rural health care. Rural residents must have access to the best available care, and this medical campus will provide decades of service to the residents of this region.

During the last three years nearly $150 million in funding from USDA Rural Development has helped 24 rural Iowa hospitals with expansions, renovations and equipment upgrades.

Improved health care opportunities is extremely important in Iowa as it has one of the nation’s highest percentages of residents who are 65 years of age or older.  A high percentage of older Iowans live in rural communities.

When construction is completed GCMC will provide enhanced healthcare delivery services, as well as expanded outpatient services. GCMC is one of the area’s largest employers with more than 250 full- and part-time staff, in a community of 4,600 residents.

Since the start of the Obama Administration, Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program has helped millions of rural Americans address essential challenges in health care, education, public service and public safety by financing projects through loans, grants, or loan guarantees.

 
Lt. Governor Simon Statement on strip club surcharge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:14

SPRINGFIELD – May 31, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement regarding the House’s 92-23-3 concurrence to House Bill 1645, Amendment 3, which establishes a strip club surcharge and fee structure to help fund rape crisis centers that have seen state funding decline about 28 percent over the past five years. The bill now awaits the Governor’s signature.

Simon said: “I want to thank all of the advocates who answer rape crisis hotlines and counsel women, men and children who survive sexual abuse and assault. Sen. Hutchinson worked hard on your behalf to negotiate a compromise with the adult entertainment industry and garner bipartisan support for legislation that will help restore critical funding during tough budget times. My thanks also go out to Rep. Feigenholtz who ushered this bill through the House, again with bipartisan support. This is an example of how the process should work. All parties worked together for the good of our state.”

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