Illinois Releases 5-Year Economic Blueprint

By: AP
By: AP

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The state agency charged with helping Illinois' economy has released a new five-year plan it hopes will help the state add jobs and build on its strengths.

Under a law created last year the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is required to send the plan to the General Assembly by Tuesday. The plan is being publicly released Monday.

The blueprint calls for some things already proposed like raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. But it also calls for new spending to improve the state's industrial and technological infrastructure.

Department spokesman David Roeder says the plan also includes job creation goals for the agency to try to hit.

The costs of the plan aren't yet specified. And it will require agreement from state lawmakers and local officials.


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