Barbara Flynn Currie

Illinois EDGE jobs program could see new life

Illinois EDGE jobs program could see new life

Illinois' premier jobs program could see new life under an amendment filed Friday by an Illinois House Democrat.

The amendment seeks to extend the EDGE program, short for Economic Development for a Growing Economy, through the end of April. The program, which provides tax breaks for companies that promise to create jobs in Illinois, expired Dec. 31.

There have been concerns the program is too expensive, given Illinois' prolonged budget crisis. Yet without it, many fear jobs could be lost to neighboring states wooing companies with tax breaks.

"There have been all kinds of questions about whether we should trim the program, expand the program, do things...

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