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Firm to choose soon between Ill., Iowa for plant

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A spokesman for a company that's considering building a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant in Illinois says the project is "making good progress."

However, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/LjqxFy ) that a draft contract shows the Cronus Chemical project might not get underway until December 2015. The contract is between Cronus and the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District.

Cronus has been debating between a location in Tuscola in eastern Illinois and an Iowa site. Both states are hoping to land the plant's 200 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction positions.

Cronus consultant John Kinnamon says a decision could come within the next few months. The company previously said it delayed its decision on where to locate because of engineering issues.

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