SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, is working to keep more of tax dollars in Illinois and invest in local jobs by supporting two pieces of legislation that will require Illinois state agencies to buy locally.
“We owe it to our Illinois businesses to see that they are supported by and are supporting our local economy,” said Chapa LaVia. “This legislation will help grow our economy, which we desperately need to do in Illinois.
Chapa LaVia is backing House Bill 137, which mandates that state agencies must purchase American made products when making any type of purchase of goods. Chapa LaVia is also supporting a companion bill, House Bill 138, which mandates that state agencies must purchase Illinois manufactured goods when making any type of purchase of goods, if possible. If no plausible source is found, they are then required to purchase products made in America. The bills state that the products must be made up of more than 50 percent American or Illinoisan components. Certain restrictions are included, for items such as pharmaceutical drugs or when the price or quality does not meet the standards sought.
House Bill 137 and 138 passed out of the House and now wait consideration from the Senate.
“Instead of watching our jobs walk out of the state, we have a chance to retain and sustain many employment opportunities.” said Chapa LaVia. “Let’s invest our hard earned money, in our own state’s economy.”