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032113br0327rSPRINGFIELD - State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) passed a proposal out of the Senate State Government Committee yesterday that seeks to improve business retention in Illinois counties that border other states.

As a lifelong resident of a border community, Bush knows all too well about the business-poaching practices of the states surrounding Illinois. Her new bill will work to improve the economic conditions of Illinois border communities, keeping them competitive with the states that they border.

“We need to review our policies to ensure the best possible outcomes for businesses retention in border communities,” said Senator Bush.

Bush’s bill, Senate Bill 2640, tasks the recently formed Illinois Business Development Council with assessing the economic development practices of border communities.  After a comprehensive review, the council – made up of representatives from the public and private sector – will provide recommendations and best practices to Illinois border counties for business retention, attraction, incentives and economic development.

“The Illinois Business Development Council will be uniquely suited to provide sound business advice to border counties,” Sen. Bush continued.  “I believe the practices they recommend will go a long way towards keeping our communities competitive.”

In addition to her border county business retention legislation, Bush will also be spearheading a Sub-Committee on Economic Development in the coming legislative session, which will continue efforts to identify best practices for enhancing Illinois’ business climate and improving business retention policies. 

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