House Resolution 43 was recently adopted in the House of Representatives. This resolution was filed by Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva), to recognize the importance of pork and bacon in the State of Illinois.
About two years ago bacon was declared a Carcinogen by the World Health Organization. The report by the WHO stated that eating too much processed meat, such as bacon, would lead to a higher risk of cancer. Rep. Andersson felt that this declaration was unfair, especially to an industry that has contributed much to Illinois, and HR43 was created as a result.
The Pork Industry is instrumental to the state’s economy, contributing $1.8 billion and generating more than $170 million in taxes annually. Pork Producers have also provided over 10,500 jobs in Illinois through production, suppliers, transportation and processing. For Rep. Andersson, the importance of this industry and their product, and the value it brings to the state’s economy needed to be recognized. Andersson, along with 17 other co-sponsors in the House, solidified their support and recognition of the importance of pork and bacon in Illinois.
This resolution was originally filed in October of 2015, but was finally adopted and celebrated in the House of Representatives, where bacon was also served.