Bill Promoting Locally Grown Food Heads to House Floor
Legislation introduced by state Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) promoting the buying and eating of Illinois agricultural products was approved unanimously by a House committee, last week.
“We are all looking for ways to improve our state’s economy and this is one way we can promote what our local farmers and small businesses are doing to sustain our economy,” Yingling said. “This bill will show support for those farmers who are growing produce in our state, grocers who choose to sell locally grown food, and consumers who make the conscious decision to purchase Illinois products.”
Yingling’s House Bill 1272 designates the first Saturday of every month as Eat Local, Buy Illinois Products Day to promote local food initiatives, Illinois agribusiness, and to encourage residents to re-invest in the local economy. According to estimates, if every household were to commit to spending $10 per week on Illinois products, it would generate $2.4 billion in economic activity. The legislation is supported by the Department of Agriculture. A unanimous, bipartisan vote by the House State Government Administration Committee approved the bill for consideration before the full House.
“I believe Illinois needs to pursue every opportunity to partner with small businesses,” Yingling said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this legislation to help businesses, farmers and consumers into law.”
Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.