State and federal lawmakers spoke to a group of business leaders Friday about the importance of innovative job creation amidst a slumping economy.
State Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi, D-Joliet, and U.S. Congresswoman Judy Biggert, R-13th, were keynote speakers at the Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Breakfast held at Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant.
The two lawmakers, both of which are up for reelection in November, spoke about job creation and the national health care package before fielding questions from the audience.
Wilhelmi touted his ability to help secure construction money through the state's capital development plan and said the plan could help produce hundreds of jobs throughout Bolingbrook and Will County.
Of the $31 billion plan, Wilhelmi said, $131 million will be spent on future projects at the intersection of I-55 and Weber Road.
"When we invest in infrastructure—the key is that it's not only good to maintain our infrastructure like roads and bridges—we want to give businesses a reason to locate in Bolingbrook or Will County," he said. "We want (businesses to say), '(Bolingbrook) isn't bottlenecking points like I-55 and Weber, they are investing there and making life better for businesses."
Biggert, meanwhile, discussed the potential of repealing and replacing the national health care bill that passed Congress last year. Biggert said lawmakers agree on some aspects of the program, but she said she would like to make the program more affordable and less restrictive.
"We always want to make sure we have affordability and access to health care and quality health care … but I did'nt agree with the systemic changes in health. Like if you like the health care you have now, you can keep it."
The Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce will hold another meet and greet with elected officials Oct. 27, where residents can hear where candidates seeking office in the November 2 election stand on certain issues.