Lawmakers push for IRS facility in Bloomington

By Kevin Beese Staff writer

Illinois lawmakers are making a pitch to for an IRS facility to be built in Bloomington.

Illinois’ U.S. Senators and 10 Democratic congressional representatives are pushing for an IRS facility to be built in Bloomington.

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-South Barrington, joined 10 Illinois congressional delegation colleagues in sending a letter to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel. The Illinois contingent wrote Werfel in support of building a Tax Correspondence print and mail management facility in Bloomington.

“This new facility is an excellent opportunity for the agency to improve service to taxpayers by effectively leveraging new technology and systems, while also benefitting the Illinois economy by creating jobs and spurring economic activity,” the lawmakers wrote.

The facility would be the third built by the IRS to manage the agency’s correspondence with taxpayers.

“The facility’s location in Bloomington will also have a positive economic impact on Central Illinois, bringing good-paying jobs to a diverse and growing community,” lawmakers continued.

The Illinois lawmakers “strongly encourage” IRS Commissioner Werfel and the IRS to “take full advantage of the opportunity presented by the Bloomington site.”

Besides Durbin and Duckworth, the letter was also signed by U.S. Reps. Danny Davis of Chicago, Bill Foster of Naperville, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia of Chicago, Jonathan Jackson of Chicago, Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg, Mike Quigley of Chicago, Delia Ramirez of Chicago, Jan Schakowsky of Evanston, Brad Schneider of Highland Park, and Eric Sorensen of Moline.

Katherine Murphy, communications and external affairs manager for the city of Bloomington, said city leaders had just heard about the possible facility being located in their community “and truly don’t have any information to share at this point.”

Representatives from the Internal Revenue Service were not able to provide information about where the agency is in the selection process for a third site as of press time.