"Make the manufacturers responsible for the cost of recovering that paint instead of state government. The theory there is and the IPA's (Illinois Paint Association) behind this legislation is that will free up more money for them to have more programs downstate."
Much of the funding for such events has come from government grants that have dried up. Willis says the paint industry supports the effort, but the Illinois Retail Merchants Association is concerned about increasing the cost of paint. Willis says three other states have similar funds, and the average price increase on a gallon of pain is about 75 cents. Willis is among the speakers at this year's Illinois Recycling and Resource Management Conference in Uptown Normal.