BARTLETT, Ill. – Continuing her efforts to boost the local economy and create new jobs, state Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, recently joined the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) to present the Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) grant to Wittenstein, a local manufacturer of motors, gearboxes and controls, on behalf of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

“To build a stronger Illinois and a stronger middle class, it is critical that we invest in job training to build a skilled workforce and a high-wage economy,” said Villa. “Our state is facing a major shortage of workers for skilled, high-wage jobs. This grant will help Wittenstein continue to attract and retain the next generation of skilled workers.”

Villa was supportive of a major package of new laws to attract new businesses to the state and grow Illinois’ economy, including the elimination of the franchise tax, tax credits for businesses that create new jobs, and a tax credit for businesses with apprenticeship programs.

“Manufacturing is a critical component of Illinois’ economy,” said Mark Denzler, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “We appreciate Rep. Villa for working in a bipartisan manner to balance the state’s budget and reduce taxes on manufacturers while making a large investment to rebuild our state’s infrastructure.”

For more information, please contact Rep. Villa’s constituent service office at 630-326-9319 or at

Rep. Karina Villa (right).

Rep. Karina VillaRep. Karina Villa

(D-West Chicago)
49th District

Springfield Office:
242A-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1653

District Office:
106 W. Wilson St.
Ste. 13
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 326-9319