While in Springfield for the Quad Cities Chamber's annual advocacy trip, a group of thirty leaders from the extended Quad Cities area met with elected and appointed officials to discuss important issues for our region's economy and growth.
The budget impasse was a topic at the center of the agenda, but the delegation did move beyond simply discussing the budget to push on other issues that are important to our region, including bringing Illinois into compliance with the REAL ID Act, education, the historic tax credit program, low-carbon program, and funding for passenger rail, the I-74 bridge, and phase three of Western Illinois University.
Local leaders advocated for bringing Illinois into compliance with the REAL ID Act, which currently restricts Illinois residents from accessing military bases such as the Rock Island Arsenal. In addition, they emphasized the importance of adequate funding for primary and higher education, and developing new incentives, such as the state historic tax credit program. Finally, local leaders took the opportunity to advocate for continued investment in infrastructure and to ensure top projects such as the I-74 bridge, passenger rail, and phase three of Western Illinois University are met and supported by our region and beyond.