Three Illinois members of Congress announced their support for NorthPoint Development's controversial plan for a massive industrial park in the Joliet region.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, and Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, are supporting the project that's garnered significant opposition from residents. They argued the project would bring jobs and economic development to the region, according to a news release from NorthPoint Development.
"Will County is fast becoming an economic engine for Illinois as consumers change how they purchase their retail goods," Durbin said in the release. "Compass Business Park is a responsible solution that would create thousands of new jobs while addressing transportation needs and mitigating truck traffic."
NorthPoint Development touted its projection of the project creating up to 1,600 construction jobs and 2,300 indirect jobs annually during construction, and thousands more jobs upon full build out.
Kinzinger, whose district includes the BNSF intermodal facility, argued the NorthPoint Development project would bring growth and mitigate traffic problems on local roads.
"NorthPoint's plan to build Compass Business Park would encourage smart growth, boost economic development and bring jobs and revenue back to Illinois," Kinzinger said in the release.
Kelly argued the project would complement the growing e-commerce industry, especially in her district which includes parts of eastern Will County.
"Spurring economic development, creating jobs and investing in our outdated infrastructure is a shared goal," Kelly said in the release. "Construction of Compass Business Park meets those goals, aligns with existing infrastructure priorities and would deliver the needed economic opportunities to the Southland."
U.S. Rep Bobby Rush, D-Chicago, whose district extends into Elwood and Manhattan, had already endorsed the project.
On Monday, the controversial vote on the NorthPoint project scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to concerns of coronavirus contagion.