ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – As part of his goal to boost economic development in Illinois, state Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights, recently hosted a business development round table with community and economic development officials from Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights, and was also joined by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

“People often don’t realize it, but Illinois has a lot going for it,” Walker said. “We’re a national leader in many different industries and have one of the most talented and dedicated workforces out of any state. As we work to build a stronger Illinois, it’s important that local business development and community leaders are at the table informing how we grow small businesses and help our true job creators.”

Walker welcomed Charles Witherington-Perkins from Arlington Heights, Bill Cooney from Mount Prospect and Dan Peterson of Prospect Heights – all in charge of economic development for their respective communities. He was also joined by Jon Ridler of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Discussions included Walker’s latest efforts to improve small business development by reforming state tax breaks to benefit job creators and what needs local businesses have that the state can address.

“I’d like to thank again Charles, Bill, Dan and Jon for joining me for a great discussion,” Walker said. “I’m excited to get some real reform done this session to help Illinois businesses. The needs of my communities and those around the state helps inform our solutions. I look forward to continuing a dialogue with these development leaders and others in my district.”

Rep. Mark WalkerRep. Mark Walker

(D-Arlington Heights)
53rd District
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