China

Brian Mackey

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is embarking on an eight-day trade mission to Japan and China later this week.

Until now, Rauner has spent more time criticizing the Illinois business climate than promoting it. Rauner says he wasn’t traveling to aggressively promote Illinois because he thought it was inappropriate.

There was no budget for two years, and Democrats were blocking his anti-union agenda. Even though Rauner didn’t get that passed, he’s now going to personally recruit companies abroad anyway.

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  Rockford’s Mayor is headed to China once again to solicit construction money from investors. 

He’s partnered with Wisconsin developer Gary Gorman to redevelop the Amerock building, a former factory in downtown Rockford, into an Embassy Suites hotel.  

In 2011, Illinois saw a net gain in manufacturing jobs. The Illinois Manufacturers' Association says it was the first time that has happened since the late 1990's. The association says there are several contributing factors, including the growing cost of producing products in China.