Rep. Davis, Sen. Kirk Claim Sugar Subsidies Costing Illinois Jobs

(CBS) — The recently passed Farm Bill left the U.S sugar subsidy program intact and two local lawmakers say that’s costing Illinois jobs, reports WBBM’s Veronica Carter.

Brach’s left Chicago’s West Side in 2003 when the company relocated to Mexico. It was Chicago’s sixth largest manufacturer with 4,000 jobs and the plant was in Congressman Danny Davis’ district

“The export of thousands of good U.S. jobs that has gone to other countries because people can purchase on the international market sugar at significantly lower prices,” said Davis.

Davis, a Democrat, has joined forces with Republican Senator Mark Kirk in a bipartisan push to end the sugar program, saying 600,000 American jobs are at risk because of artificially high sugar prices

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