Scott Lee Cohen State Tour Round-Up

Jan 26, 2010, 12:00 ET from Citizens for Scott Lee Cohen

Lt. Governor Candidate, Scott Lee Cohen, Travels Illinois to Highlight Local Jobs

CHICAGO, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scott Lee Cohen, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, wrapped up his "Main Street Tour" today in Carbondale. The tour included visits to 22 of the major Main Street Programs. Cohen addressed local job creation and highlighted his plans to strengthen the Illinois Main Street Program and provide economic recovery in towns and cities across the state. Cohen met with thousands of supporters and small business owners throughout the state to share his plans on creating good-paying jobs in Illinois.

Tour stops included:

Bloomington; Decatur; Champaign; Waukegan; Elgin; Rockford; Batavia; Chicago; Berwyn; Rock Island; Moline; Quincy; Springfield; Jacksonville; Danville; Belleville; Carbondale; and Plainfield, IL.

The Illinois Main Street Program, which is traditionally managed by the Office of Lieutenant Governor, is a preservation-based, downtown revitalization program that has created more than 1,600 new downtown businesses. At the current level of funding, the Main Street Program has created more than 6,000 new full and part-time jobs. Cohen believes that enhancing the program can provide strong creation of local jobs throughout the state.

"With adequate funding and professional staffing, working together with community volunteers, the Illinois Main Street Program can generate thousands of new, good-paying jobs close to where employees live," said Cohen.

Scott Lee Cohen is a lifelong resident of Illinois and a successful small business owner. Cohen is holding job fairs to connect job seekers with employers, and he is the founder of the citizen group, Rod Must Resign. As Lieutenant Governor, Cohen will host job fairs throughout the state, recruit businesses to move to Illinois and fight waste and corruption in government.

SOURCE Citizens for Scott Lee Cohen