MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - Governor Bruce Rauner meets with business leaders in Machesney Park to discuss ways to grow the state's economy and bring more well-paying jobs to Illinois.
Nearly a dozen local business owners sat down with the Governor at Field Fastener in Machesney Park to discuss overcoming property tax burdens, training future workforce and addressing worker's compensation fraud and abuse.
Participants say Governor Rauner also addressed how the new federal tax overhaul will affect economic growth in the state.
"Today most of our customers are outside of the area and outside of the state. You can grow, but it's just getting more challenging because the state of Illinois isn't very competitive for manufacturers, so what we would like to see so that our business can grow close to home is an environment that's more competitive," said Field Fastener owner Jim Derry.
Governor Rauner calls small businesses the backbone of our economy and says the economic success of Illinois can be measured by the success of Rockford.