Illinois quick hits: Stallantis plant in Wisconsin to close; Gotion zoning hearing moved; new Chamber president



Stallantis plant in Wisconsin to close

As part of the United Auto Workers deal with automaker Stellantis, a plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will be merging with the plant in Belvidere.

According to the new deal, workers will get increased wages, but only if they relocate to Illinois. About 100 workers were on strike in Milwaukee and it is still unclear how many of them will be out of a job, able to retire early or transfer to the Belvidere production plant.

Gotion zoning hearing moved

A rezoning hearing for the Gotion battery plant in Manteno has been moved to accommodate an anticipated large turnout. Officials have shifted the venue from the community center to an elementary school.

Initially set for Nov. 14, the rescheduled meeting on Nov. 21 will allow public input on the Chinese company’s controversial rezoning application to pave the way for a new electric vehicle battery factory.

New Chamber president

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has chosen a new leader. The Chamber announced that Lou Sandoval has been tapped to be the new president.

Sandoval has led several businesses in different industries, including Wintrust Bank and Halo Advisory Group. Former President Todd Maisch passed away unexpectedly in June.



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