Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Bustos & U Of Illinois Release New Economic Summary As “Partnering For Illinois’ Economic Future” Initiative Continues

Oct 31, 2013
Press Release

New Document Highlights Regional Economic Meetings & Public Input & Will Be Used To Guide District-Wide Economic Summit To Be Held Later In Fall

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), in partnership with the University of Illinois, continued “Partnering for Illinois’ Economic Future” by releasing a new document that highlights the three recent regional economic meetings and public input on ways to create jobs and improve our local economy.  Today’s document will help guide the upcoming district-wide economic summit that will take place later this fall.

“Job creation and improving our local economy have been my top priority since Day 1.  I strongly believe in our workers- they're the best in the world- and by increasing collaboration among key community leaders, our region's economy can capitalize on that workmanship and stay strong for years to come,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “After holding regional economic meetings in partnership with the University of Illinois, listening to workers, business leaders and educators, and seeking input from people across our region, today’s economic summary will help facilitate a meaningful district-wide economic summit later this fall.”

Bustos organized “Partnering for Illinois’ Economic Future” with the expertise and guidance of the University of Illinois.

“As the state’s land-grant institution with an economic development mission, the University of Illinois thanks Congresswoman Bustos for her leadership and appreciates the opportunity to participate in charting a path for western Illinois' economic future,” said University of Illinois President Robert A. Easter.

Bustos’ “Partnering for Illinois’ Economic Future” initiative is a direct result of the commitment she made to the people of Illinois.  From big cities to the smallest of towns, Bustos consistently heard from the people of her region that they were concerned about the future of the middle class, and their children having the same opportunities they did, starting with access to good-paying jobs.

As part of her persistent focus on the economy, Congresswoman Bustos spent a week on the road this April, touring the seven community colleges that serve the region.  Following the tour, she introduced the Access to Education and Training Act which would allow students who receive Pell grants to take advantage of the Pell grants year-round, including during the summer months, even if the student went to school full-time during the fall and spring semesters.  Many of those who would benefit most are non-traditional students who want to complete their courses faster so they can get back into the workforce.

In July, Bustos also held a “Make it in America” tour, where she traveled around Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to meet with local workers and businesses to talk about her ideas to create jobs here at home and to boost American manufacturing. Bustos’ American Jobs Matter Act, which has been incorporated into the “Make it in America” initiative in Congress, would increase American manufacturing and boost job creation here at home by enabling the government to take into consideration the creation of American jobs when accepting bids for federal contracts.  Bustos also introduced legislation to strengthen “Buy American” provisions for transportation projects and supports eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and cracking down on foreign currency manipulation.

In August, Bustos held regional economic meetings in the Quad Cities, Peoria and Rockford.  At each event, Bustos brought together local leaders from various economic sectors, businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations to discuss ways to collaborate to create jobs and bolster the region’s economy and manufacturing sectors.  In September, Bustos aggressively sought input from the public through a variety of ways to get their thoughts on the best ways to improve economic development in the region. 

Bustos also holds regular “Cheri on Shifts,” which is an on-going, periodic outreach event where Bustos meets with and shadows workers at their job site.  “Cheri on Shift” is a part of Congresswoman Bustos' aggressive outreach efforts, that also include "Supermarket Saturdays" where she meets with everyday people at local grocery stores to hear about the issues that matter most to them. 

You can download the document here: http://1.usa.gov/19eGBAt.