A local lawmaker says he’s not pointing fingers over the collapse of a plan that would have brought hundreds of jobs into Decatur… to make up for the dozens being lost with the relocation of Archer Daniels Midland’s global headquarters.
ADM has agreed to keep those jobs in-state, moving the global operations to Chicago.
But State Senator Andy Manar had put together a tax incentive package that would have also required ADM to create or move 600 new jobs into Decatur, an area hard hit by unemployment.
His bill was blocked by House Speaker Mike Madigan, and Governor Pat Quinn negotiated a deal with ADM that did not include tax breaks, or jobs for Decatur.
Manar says what’s important now is to find other ways to help Decatur going forward.