On Tuesday, February 28, the Belvidere Chrysler plant was closed for good, putting hundreds of Illinoisans out of work. That same day, plant owner Stellantis announced a $155 million investment in Indiana. In response to the news, State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) issued the following statement:
“This is a devastating blow to the local and state economy and another example of the failed Democratic policies that are driving businesses and jobs out of this state. Rather than keeping and growing its business in Illinois, Stellantis is investing in operations in Indiana, a state that actually supports and welcomes businesses.
“How many of our manufacturers have to leave Illinois before Majority Party lawmakers realize their anti-business agenda is doing serious harm to real people? This plant was a major employer in the region for over 60 years, and now hundreds of people are out of work. Illinois should be a destination for business location and growth; instead it is the state where job creators are not appreciated or respected.”