“Illinois manufacturers enjoy great benefits from our state’s extensive rail network. Illinois has seven Class I railroads, nearly 7,000 miles of track, the nation’s busiest rail freight gateway and the third largest intermodal facility in the world. For manufacturers, rail is a vital link that brings raw materials in and moves billions of dollars of finished goods out to market.”

Jerry Peck is the Associate Director of Government Affairs at the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the oldest and largest state manufacturing association in the country. In addition to advocating for the needs of manufacturers with the Illinois General Assembly and Executive Officers, Peck also leads the Manufacturers’ Environmental Group. MEG is a leading voice in representing the interests of manufacturers, including regulatory and sustainability issues, before the Illinois EPA and U.S. EPA. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

Prior to joining the IMA, Peck worked as a contractural lobbyist in Illinois representing companies in the energy, insurance, steel and pharmaceutical industries. He also spent over a decade as a television journalist. His work earned him dozens of prestigious awards including an EMMY Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He served as an embedded war corespondent with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2005.

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