The Economy Project
10:29 am
Wed August 19, 2009

IL Law to Boost Demand for Locally Grown Food

Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law yesterday designed to increase demand for locally grown food. It sets up a system in which state agencies would purchase 20 percent of their food from local sources by 2020.

Those who buy food for state facilities and programs would be allowed to pay 10 percent more than the lowest bid if they're buying locally grown produce. Quinn used Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair as a backdrop to sign the measure.