A prospective deal to bring hundreds of new, well-paying jobs to McLean County is closer to reality this week following approval by the McLean County Board and the McLean County Unit 5 School Board. State Representative Dan Brady today thanked members of both boards for focusing on the big, long-term gain the tentative deal to bring the Canadian-based Brandt Group of Companies to the area will mean for local families and communities.

“Brandt coming to our community will provide tremendous long term gains, starting with 300 to 500 good jobs returning to our community by 2025. While the agreement abates some of Brandt’s property taxes, that abatement only lasts a few years. The jobs, on the other hand, are a tremendous ongoing revenue generator for our entire area – for local businesses and also for local services and schools as more families can afford to shop, eat out, and to buy homes and join the property tax rolls,” Rep. Brady said.

Representative Brady noted that in addition to the jobs, Brandt plans to invest more than $20 million in improvements to the plant site over the next 10 years.
By unanimous vote the Illinois House this week approved renaming a section of Veterans Parkway in Bloomington and Normal in honor of Army Ranger Sergeant Joshua P. Rodgers of Bloomington who gave his life for his country on April 27. The resolution was sponsored by State Representative Dan Brady (R-Normal).

“Josh Rodgers joined the Army after graduating from Normal Community High School because he wanted to serve his country and his community. He was a decorated soldier, but he was also a loved and loving son, grandson, brother and friend. He made everyone who knew him proud, and we in turn are proud to honor him with this memorial highway designation,” Representative Brady said.

House Joint Resolution 84 designates Veterans Parkway from the intersection of Interstate 74 to the intersection of Interstate 55 as the Army Ranger Sergeant Joshua P. Rodgers Memorial Highway, and directs the Illinois Department of Transportation to erect the appropriate signage.

Having passed the House, the resolution now awaits final approval in the Illinois Senate.