PEORIA, Ill -- Another bill making its way through the state General Assembly would extend enterprise zones. Backers believe that could be the catalyst for bringing more jobs to Illinois.
State lawmakers heard testimony Monday in Peoria from business and civic leaders about how local governments are benefitting under enterprise zones established 30 years ago.
The goal is to gather information and recommendations before voting on the bill.
"The bottom line is I think everybody agrees in a bipartisan way, they've helped retain jobs here." State Senator Darin LaHood said.
"There are 95 enterprise zones in the state of Illinois and this is something that we're doing right," State Representative Mike Unes added. "This is something that works."
The Illinois Manufacturers' Association says enterprise zones saw more than 24-thousand jobs created or retained and $2.5 billion in investments last year.