Emphasizing a need for job creation in Illinois, U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, on Monday showcased two bills he supports that could reduce unemployment.

Emphasizing a need for job creation in Illinois, U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, on Monday showcased two bills he supports that could reduce unemployment.

At a Statehouse news conference, Hare especially touted the Security in Energy and Manufacturing Act that would provide a 30 percent tax credit for new manufacturing facilities that provide alternative-energy components such as wind turbine blades.

“We’ve all seen the empty factories across Illinois, and we all know many of the good men and women who used to work in them,” Hare said.

He said the bill would help get Illinoisans back to work in clean-energy-industry jobs.

Another bill Hare is supporting in the House would provide $75 billion over two years to communities to prevent job cuts or bring back workers such as teachers and public-safety employees.

The Local Jobs for America Act would also fund job training for the private sector.

Asked why the program would last two years, Hare said the goal is that the economy would eventually rebound enough to where local communities’ tax revenues would be able to cover the costs of the jobs.