TUSCOLA, Ill. —
The state put an offer of incentives on hold over concerns that Fatima's overseas products wind up in explosives in Afghanistan. Since then, local officials have stepped in to help with financing.
Much like officials in Tuscola, Robb said he already deals with other local plants. They regularly report inventories of dangerous chemicals, but he acknowledges he's taking them at their word.
"Could they do something without reporting it? Of course," he said. "Is it likely to be caught? That's a good question."
Still, he and other local officials hope the plant gets off the ground.
"We're optimistic that it will be built," Robb said. "We're looking at growth in our county."