State Rep. Avery Bourne joined the IMA for a tour of GSI (Grain Systems Inc.) in Assumption this morning.  In the attached photo GSI V.P. and IMA board member Brian Atwood is giving Rep. Bourne a tour of GSI's one million square foot production facility.  At peak times they employee as many as 800 employees and are the largest employer in Christian County.  During the visit Mr. Atwood stressed the need for stability and predictability in policy making at the state level including tax policy and budgeting.  Addressing the skills gap in manufacturing was also a major concern.

Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) was recently appointed to the Education Funding Task Force which held their first meeting in Springfield. The newly formed task force is a bipartisan effort to help craft a legislative plan to equitably fund education throughout Illinois.