Governor signs “Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day” bill

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August 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

In honor of last week’s Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair, Governor Quinn  signed House Bill 1272, which designates the first Saturday of every month as “Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day” to promote local food initiatives, agribusiness and encourage local communities to reinvest in the local economy. Sponsored by State Representative Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach) and State Senator David Koehler (D-Peoria), the bill takes effect immediately.

Photo: Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Photo: Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Wes King, Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s executive director and president of the Governor appointed Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council, said the legislation is great way to encourage consumers to support local agriculture and economies.

“Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products – what a simple but powerful message. It’s exciting that elected officials here in Illinois are supporting efforts like this to keep more money in Illinois communities and in the pockets of local farms,” King said.

The legislation is part of the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s larger push to get more people to buy local. If each household in the state spent just $10 on Illinois products each week, it would keep $2.4 billion in the state’s economy each year, according to the department.

Photo: Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council

Photo: Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council

“When you buy Illinois products, you put money right back into your friends and neighbors’ pockets,” state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, the Senate sponsor of the legislation, said. “People talk a lot about outsourcing — think of this as insourcing.”

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Illinois Stewardship Alliance: http://www.ilstewards.org/gov-quinn-signs-local-food-legislation/

Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council: http://foodfarmsjobs.org/

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