New $2 billion electric vehicle battery factory coming to Manteno


MANTENO – State Senator Rachel Ventura joined Illinois leaders today to announce a new $2 billion electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant coming to Manteno.

“Seeing investments like Gotion’s new gigafactory right here in Illinois showcases how serious we are about clean energy advancements,” said Ventura (D-Joliet). “This is Gotion’s first manufacturing plant in the United States using American labor and raw materials to ship batteries all over the world — this accomplishment on its own is no small feat and is extremely rewarding to see.”

Gotion’s new state-of-the-art EV battery plant will help bolster the supply chain and meet growing demand for batteries across the EV sector, including Gotion’s partners, as well as additional EV manufacturers across North America. The facility will focus on lithium-ion battery cell, battery pack production and energy storage system integration. The company plans to create 2,600 jobs in Manteno.

As part of Illinois’ commitment to build out comprehensive EV hubs and support Illinois’ workforce, the state will also fund a new manufacturing training academy nearby, as well as award an additional grant to workforce providers to expand training and prepare regional employees for the new jobs.

“As a champion for our environment, I have continually promoted the usage of electric vehicles throughout the state,” said Ventura. “With more investments in factories like Gotion, our state is poised to become a top contender for clean energy production, ushering in good-paying jobs and a sustainable future.”

JOLIET — State Senator Rachel Ventura announced that 18 school districts across the area will receive over $6.6 million in additional funding to help address the financial challenges of recent years.

“Education is the greatest tool we can give our children,” said Ventura (D-Joliet). “Students in Will County deserve the best educational opportunities, and by using this formula every student will be prepared for the future regardless of ZIP code or financial status.”

The funding comes from the 2017 Illinois Senate Democrat-backed evidence-based funding formula — an overhaul of the way the state funds K-12 education. The law made school funding more equitable by calculating the needs of individual school districts and basing its state revenue on those needs. The formula takes into account a district’s total enrollment, poverty rate and number of special education or English language learners, among other factors.

Local schools set to receive funding through the formula:
• Chaney-Monge School District 88: $368,899
• Channahon School District 17: $989
• Elwood Community Consolidated School District 203: $254
• Fairmont School District 89: $75,107
• Joliet School District 86: $4,337,711
• Joliet Township High school District 204: $609,869
• Laraway Community Consolidated School District 70C: $424
• Lockport School District 91: $24,417
• Lockport Township High school District 205: $133,979
• Rockdale School District 84: $256
• Taft School District 90: $124,647
• Union School District 81: $107
• Valley View Community Unit School District 365U: $857,329
• Will County Alternative Learning Opportunities Program: $32,812
• Will County Alternative School: $3,129
• Will County Safe School: $7,268
• Will County School District 92: $1,212
• Woodridge School District 68: $46,439

The Fiscal Year 2024 budget invested $350 million in new funding into students’ success through the evidence-based funding model.

For more information on the FY 24 evidence-based funding distribution, visit the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.


JOLIET – With support from State Senator Rachel Ventura, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recently announced the latest round of Back to Business grants awarded to businesses in the restaurant industry.

“Businesses and restaurants have endured a multitude of challenges in the past few years, and these grants will help them recover,” said Ventura (D-Joliet). “As we navigate inflation in a post-pandemic economy, this funding will aid struggling business owners and put them on a path to flourish once again.”

The Back to Business grant program provides recovery grants for small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on businesses in the hardest-hit industries. Seven restaurants in Ventura’s district will receive a combined total of $255,000 through this round of Back to Business grants.

Through the Back to Business and Business Interruption Grant programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

“It was our restaurants and small businesses who were at the forefront of feeding our communities during the pandemic when travel was limited,” said Ventura. “I will continue to prioritize small business owners across the 43rd district and listen to their concerns.”

For more information about B2B grants visit DCEO’s website.



SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachel Ventura spearheaded a new law that will expand greater access to broadband at all public schools and libraries in the state.

“High-speed internet is at the forefront of all parts of our lives – from work to school, and everything in between,” said Ventura (D-Joliet). “This bill takes the first step towards improving high quality, fiberoptic broadband throughout all of Illinois by developing the ‘middle mile’ and making sure there is public sector option.”

Instead of handing the nearly $1.2 Billion in federal funding over to internet giants, Ventura wants to create competition in the market place and use those taxpayer dollars to reduce costs for Illinois families.

The Illinois Century Network (ICN) is a state-owned and operated broadband network that provides the fastest Internet connectivity available in our state to thousands of sites statewide, ensuring availability for cloud-based content, disaster recovery services, data, video and audio communications.

“Broadband access should be treated like a public utility,” said Ventura. “We all use it and we need to take this moment to modernize Illinois’ infrastructure if we want to be competitive in attracting businesses to our state.”

Senate Bill 851 will require the Broadband Advisory Council to conduct a feasibility study to determine best practices for expanding connections to all public schools, public libraries and state-owned correctional facilities, as well as how to connect to all remaining anchor institutions to the Illinois Century Network. The study will be due Jan. 1, 2024, with a goal of implementing the findings to increase speeds up to one gig.

“We must mend the digital divide facing far too many communities in Illinois,” said Ventura. “Our goal is to move the state forward toward greater inclusivity and accessibility.”

Senate Bill 851 was signed into law Friday and goes into effect immediately.

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