NIU Researcher Brian Harger discusses the findings of an economic impact study looking at the mining industry in LaSalle County.

posted Mar 31, 2015, 1:36 PM by Shawn McKinney   [ updated Mar 31, 2015, 1:42 PM ]

The mining industry’s economic impact on LaSalle County is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s according to a new study from Northern Illinois University.

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The LaSalle County Mining Coalition and the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers commissioned the study from NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies.

Researcher Brian Harger found the mining industry paid more than $100 million to employees in 2013. That was the last full year of data when the study began.

Read the full story and listen to an interview with Brian Harger on Northern Public Radio's WNIJ website here: http://northernpublicradio.org/post/economic-impact-lasalle-county-mining