PEORIA COUNTY, Ill -- The Peoria County Board and State Senator Dave Koehler are teaming up to try to bring up to 200 permanent jobs to the Peoria Area. Orascom Construction Industries is currently considering sites in Iowa and Illinois for a proposed $1.6 billion dollar fertilizer plant.
State Senator Koehler (D) along with County officials, the Governor's office and legislators from both sides of the aisle are working to pass legislation that would make Illinois more attractive to the company.
Peoria County Administrator Lori Curtis-Luther said, "At the end of the day there are other states, namely Iowa who are looking to land this particular deal and we need some state legislation to help put us on par with what Iowa can offer."
The construction of the plant will bring an additional 1,000 construction jobs.
Once built the plant will produce ammonia, urea, and other nitrogen fertilizers to sell to Midwestern farmers