Willis Calls on Feds to Reauthorize Program that Boosts Illinois Exports

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to protect Illinois businesses and workers, state Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) has joined a bi-partisan effort to push President Barack Obama and members of congress to reauthorize the United States Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire at the end of June.

“I am proud to support this legislation because the Export-Import bank is a major resource for Illinois workers and businesses alike,” said Willis. “Ensuring its continued functioning is important to working families throughout our state.”

To help to ensure the bank’s continued functioning and thus the support of Illinois businesses, House Resolution 273 was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly. The Export-Import Bank of the United States acts to financially facilitate importing and exporting goods, including those made in Illinois. Currently, the bank helps with distribution of goods from 382 Illinois companies which employ 35,000 employees. In 2014 alone, Illinois exported $6 billion of goods and services. The measure before the General Assembly is supported by business and labor organizations.

“Working to protect jobs in Illinois is one of my top priorities,” said Willis. “The Export-Import bank helps to facilitate the Illinois economy and is another tool to help grow good-paying jobs in our region.”

Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.