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Central Illinois Could See 20,000 New Jobs

This industry would build on Illinois’ strong agricultural background, deriving products and markets from grain commodities and by-products. (WRSP)

Central Illinois could see a boost of 20,000 new jobs available because of a new industry sector.

State Senator Chapin Rose hosted the state's top economic and agricultural leaders to learn about bio-processing research, development, and production, which they said central Illinois has the potential to lead the world in.

This industry would build on Illinois’ strong agricultural background, deriving products and markets from grain commodities and by-products.

"When you take what Decatur has in production and shipping and 100,000,000 customer’s intermodal. When you take the research at the University of Illinois IBRL research lab and the farm ground in between, you have something no one else is able to offer," said Sen. Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet.

Legislation proposed by Senator Rose and Senator Andy Manar would provide incentives for businesses to produce and sell these new renewable products.

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