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Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is sending a message to Wisconsin’s neighbors to the south in order to clear up misconceptions on Foxconn and its environmental impact. This week his open letter to Illinoisans was published in the Daily Herald. Speaker Vos represents the Assembly district where the $10 billion manufacturing campus is being constructed.

“Local government officials in Illinois are resorting to fear mongering and hyperbole instead of learning the real facts,” said Speaker Vos. “I thought it was important for Illinoisans to understand that Foxconn is a positive development with ample environmental protections that will make the Midwest the epicenter for cutting-edge technology.”

Several Illinois government boards have issued resolutions against the state’s largest economic development project. The Lake County Stormwater Commission in Illinois just approved an engineering study to review impact of the manufacturing campus downstream along the Des Plaines River. However, in Wisconsin, the nonpartisan Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission already determined the proposed stormwater management system would actually help maintain or decrease runoff in the Des Plaines River watershed.

“While it’s understandable that Illinois politicians want the best for their communities, they’re doing a disservice to their constituents when they don’t do their homework on this transformational economic development project,” said Speaker Vos.

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