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“We'll miss JBT. Judy Baar Topinka brought a spunk and quirky energy to Springfield that flew in the face of the rigid political structure. She was real. She was one of us, always working positively for all of us.” - State Representative Adam Brown

Champaign – Cronus Chemicals, LLC Inc. has chosen Tuscola to build their massive $1.4 billion fertilizer plant, according to State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign). The plant will create over 2,000 construction job opportunities, provide for 175 full-time permanent jobs and have an economic impact to the community estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. 

“I would like to congratulate the City of Tuscola and the coalition of labor and business leaders who have worked together to see this project come to fruition,” said Brown.  “I would also like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the General Assembly for supporting my legislation to provide a multi-million dollar incentive package to bring the Cronus fertilizer plant to Tuscola.  Because of this partnership, we will once again see fertilizer production in the United States.” 

After spending decades overseas where production costs were cheaper, lower natural gas prices are bringing fertilizer production back to the United States, translating to more affordable fertilizer.  The Cronus plant will make nitrogen-based fertilizers, specifically urea and ammonia, from natural gas feedstock with the principle emission units being an ammonia plant, a reformer furnace, a boiler and a urea plant.

Tuscola vied against Mitchell County, Iowa for the Cronus plant.  In an effort to gain an advantage, State Rep. Brown sponsored legislation that was signed into law last year to provide an incentive package worth an estimated $14.5 million, with another $16 million available through existing economic programs.  The legislation qualifies the Tuscola development for High Impact Business Incentives in the Enterprise Zone Act. 

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Champaign…In recognition of his outstanding service to the schools of the state of Illinois, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) was honored recently with the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools Area IV legislative award. The award was presented to Rep. Brown by Bobbi Mattingly (Regional Superintendent - ROE #11), Kyle Thompson (Assistant Regional Superintendent - ROE #11), Matt Snyder (Regional Superintendent - ROE #39), Cheryl Reifsteck (Regional Superintendent - ROE #54), and Barb Daly (Asst. Reg. Supt. - ROE #9). Brown received the award at Regional Office of Education in Rantoul.

“I would like to thank the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools for this great honor”, said Brown. “Improving our children’s educational experience and preparing them for the future is important to me. That is why I believe it is essential that we in the legislature continue to work with local and statewide education leaders on the challenges and needs that face our state’s school system.”

Springfield…State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) welcomed eighth grade students from Central A&M to the State Capitol this week. The group of 8th grade students were chaperoned by Dr. Kyle VonSchnase, the Superintendent and Principal of Central A&M School District 21. The students visited the House Floor with Rep. Brown and participated in a mock debate, where they were able to vote and ask the Representative questions about state government.
To show his support for Illinois coal and its job industry, State Representative Adam Brown recently visited Prairie State Energy's Lively Grove Coal Mine in Marissa, IL. The Lively Grove coal mine mine is a part of the Herrin 6 seam and mines nearly 7 million tons each year.

Springfield, IL – With the State of Illinois facing another multi-billion dollar budget deficit, a group of GOP lawmakers has filed legislation opposing the use of taxpayer funds for the proposed Obama Presidential Library.

State Representatives Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) and Adam Brown (R-Champaign) are sponsoring House Resolution 1118 in opposition to a proposal that would spend $100 million in taxpayer funds to help build the Obama Library in Chicago.

“Pat Quinn and his Chicago allies want to raise taxes again to fuel their endless spending spree,” Mitchell said. “Despite the last tax hike, which took $31 billion out of taxpayers’ pockets, our backlog of unpaid bills still sits at $5 billion. Illinois is broke. How in the world could these Chicago politicians think it’s a good idea to spend $100 million of public funds on the Obama Library? This is an outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars.”

House Bill 6010, sponsored by Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), would appropriate $100 million from the Capital Development Fund to the Capital Development Board for the construction of a presidential library and museum dedicated to the legacy of President Barack Obama. HB 6010 passed out of committee on a partisan roll call and awaits action on the floor of the Illinois House.

Representatives Mitchell and Brown believe private funds should be used to build the library.

“Not a single National Archives presidential library has received direct taxpayer funding,” Brown said. “President Obama has raised billions for his campaigns and we feel his foundation should raise the money needed to bring the Obama Library to Chicago. No taxpayer dollars should be used for this project. We’re hopeful that our resolution will help put a stop to this wasteful spending.”