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Business, labor, innovation leaders on jobs panel

State Journal Register

Tuesday, December 4, 2018  |  Article  |  Bernard Schoenburg

Economic Development (35) , Governor (44)

Business, labor and innovation leaders are all represented on the 37-member job creation and economic opportunity committee – the ninth transition working group announced by Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and Lt. Gov.-elect Juliana Stratton.

 

“It’s time to realize we can be pro-labor and pro-business to create real prosperity by ensuring capital is available for small business owners and entrepreneurs, and to build an economy that works for everybody in every county of our great state,” Pritzker said in a statement. He announced the team’s formation at a press conference at 1871, the non-profit Chicago business incubator that he founded.

 

“For all of the strategic advantages our state has, job growth has been too slow and economic opportunity has been shut out for far too many,” Stratton said, “but this committee will work to change that. Like a rising tide lifts all boats, our plans to create jobs must be inclusive and make Illinois work for every family.”

 

Democrat Pritzker defeated GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Nov. 6 election, and takes office Jan. 14.

 

Four co-chairs will lead the group: Omar Duque, president of the international Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council and former CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Laura Frerichs, director of the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; Suzet McKinney, CEO and executive director of the Illinois Medical District in Chicago; and Bob Reiter, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor

Among others on the committee are Katie Davison, executive director of Innovate Springfield; Rob Karr of Jacksonville, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association; Richard Ashworth, president of operations for Walgreens; Robert Bruno, director of the labor education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana; Tom Balanoff, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1 and the SEIU Illinois State Council; Chris Setti, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council; Michael Tipsord, president and CEO of State Farm; Jim Nowlan, retired senior fellow at the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs; state Sens. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, and Cristina Castro, D-Elgin; and Democratic state Reps. Will Guzzardi and Arthur Turner of Chicago and Mike Halpin of Rock Island.