SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, voted to invest in businesses that invest in Illinois by requiring state agencies to give a purchase preference to American-made and Illinois-made products.
“Supporting the manufacturers, miners, and producers in our state and country will help create good jobs and promote economic growth,” said D’Amico. “Expanding the ways in which the state can support Illinois businesses and American companies will make sure that important public dollars are invested in local businesses and their partners across the United States.”
D’Amico supported House Bill 356 and House Bill 357, both of which advanced through the Illinois House. House Bill 356 strengthens Illinois’ law requiring state agencies to give a purchase preference for American-made products. The measure will update the definition of products made in the United States to include items mined or produced in the United States and to mirror federal law for “Buy American” software purchases. House Bill 357 adds “Buy Illinois” provisions to state law similar to the state’s “Buy American” provisions. Together, taking these steps will give state government more ways to support American producers and manufacturers, investing tax dollars in local job creation instead of padding the profits of big overseas corporations.
“I am proud to stand for Illinois workers and American workers by making it easier for state government to support local businesses and American companies,” D’Amico said. “Using our public resources to investing in Illinois-made and American-made products will support good, local, American jobs.”