PARK RIDGE - Tuesday, the Technology & Manufacturing Association of Illinois (TMA) hosted Bruce Rauner, Republican nominee for Governor of Illinois, at their Breakfast For Business series.
“I will fight with everything I’ve got to restore our way of life in Illinois. Democracy doesn’t work in a one party system. I am going to do my best to change that,” Rauner told 130 plus TMA members and guests.
Rauner outlined a four-point plan to revive Illinois: 1. Restore the business climate so that Illinois is pro-growth and pro-business, 2. Make Illinois government more efficient and transparent, 3. Ensure world class education at all levels including vocational and technical training, and 4. Enact term limits of eight years on all Illinois state officeholders.
Many TMA members agreed with those points, especially with the need for better education in Illinois. In an effort to encourage the next generation into the technological and manufacturing fields, TMA has launched several innovative programs, include an inner-city job training program with Chicago's Bethel New Life Church.
“It was great to have Bruce Rauner visit us at TMA," stated immediate past Chairman Zach Mottl. “As a business leader, Bruce understands the challenges most of our members confront on a daily basis to manage their operations and turn a profit. He knows we need structural reforms to things like workers compensation, taxation and over-regulation. I am confident he can get the job done.”
In 1925, eight small manufacturing companies founded TMA. Through the years, members have established programs and services that would help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees, and provide medical and retirement benefits.
As a result of these efforts, TMA has grown into an almost 1000 member not-for-profit organization representing more than 30,000 employees of precision manufacturing and supplier companies throughout Illinois. Recently, the group called on former State Senator Steve Rauschenberger to be their president.