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October 4, 2011

Governor Quinn Statement on Ford Jobs Announcement

CHICAGO – October 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding Ford Motor Company’s jobs announcement:

“I’m extremely pleased that Ford is strengthening its commitment to the State of Illinois to create 2,000 new jobs and stimulate the economy with an additional $200 million new investment.”

“This is the direct result of a strong relationship we have forged with Ford and builds on our success in 2010 when we helped Ford create 1,200 new jobs and invest $400 million to produce the new Explorer SUV, which was supported by an expansion of my Administration’s Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit designed to help revitalize the automotive industry, one of Illinois’ leading employers.”

“Ford and the UAW have worked together to reach an agreement that - when finalized - will provide a solid increase in jobs and investment. The kind of economic growth in Illinois that this agreement outlines would have multiplying benefits for our communities. My Administration looks forward to continue working closely with the UAW and Ford to expand their operations and put more people to work for a new production shift at the Chicago Assembly Plant that could begin early next year."


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