Chicago Tribune endorses Allen Skillicorn for State Representative

I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune. Proves that the people of Illinois have the will to reform our state! #IL66

“66th District: Republican Allen Skillicorn has an important characteristic that makes him Springfield-ready: He led a movement to freeze the tax levy in East Dundee, where he is a trustee. He understands the urgency to enact policy changes that make Illinois friendlier for businesses and residents. He faces Nancy Zettler, D-Algonquin, an attorney who says she’s running to represent the middle class and end “corporate welfare.” Maybe she doesn’t realize most of the corporate giveaways during the last decade in this state were handed out by Democrats, not by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Skillicorn is endorsed.”

Trial Lawyers Hold Worker’s Comp Reforms Hostage

Breaking down the overall high cost and regulatory burden borne by businesses.

by Michael Lucci

Illinois’ workers’ compensation system is the most costly in the region, according to a 2014 biennial study of all states by the state of Oregon. The Oregon study compares workers’ compensation costs among states, averaged across industries, and shows that Illinois has the most expensive system in the Midwest and the seventh-most-expensive system nationwide.

25 People Enrolled On Food Stamps For Every Manufacturing Job

40 Years of Speaker Michael Madigan have just wrecked our state! – Allen

Illinois’ dismal business climate continues to inhibit jobs growth, especially in manufacturing, as the state put 25 people on food stamps for every factory job created during the recovery from the Great Recession.

Illinois is the only state in the Midwest to have added more people to food-stamp rolls than to employment rolls during the recovery from the Great Recession. Job losses from the Great Recession occurred from January 2008 to January 2010, and since then, states have had five-and-a-half years of recovery.

Poll: Half of Illinoisans would leave if they could

Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures, but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so. Maryland is a close third, at 47%. By contrast, in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine, just 23% say they would like to relocate. Nearly as few — 24% — feel this way in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas.

Residents leaving Illinois

Why is Illinois unemployment so high?

by Paul Merrion | Crain’s Chicago Business

Illinois always has been one of the last states to suffer from a recession and one of the last states to recover, but this is getting ridiculous.

Nearly five years after the recession ended nationwide, the Illinois unemployment rate is 8.4 percent, third worst in the nation… The rate is now almost 2 percentage points above the national average… Since November 2010, when the Illinois unemployment rate was 9.6 percent—just two-tenths of a point above Indiana and the national average—only New Mexico has seen a smaller decline in its unemployment rate, compared with where it was. Indiana’s rate is down 3.5 percentage points since then, while Michigan, which started higher, is down 4.1 percentage points. […]

Governor Quinn

Hey Governor Quinn, if your policies worked so well, why do you want to raise taxes again so badly? Didn’t you promise the tax increase was only temporary?

Here are some selected responses to Governor Quinn’s incompetence:

Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Aurora): “The Governor claims lower government costs than we had in 2008 and we know the tax revenues are much higher than in 2008, so what happened to the money? Despite all the promises three years ago, why does the Governor want to make the 2011 ‘temporary’ income tax hike permanent? Most of us would be a little more willing to put up with higher taxes if we believed that those dollars were spent efficiently. Unfortunately, government waste, fraud and abuse have clearly shown the opposite. Where is that money?”

Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria): “Governor Pat Quinn and his legislative majority friends seem to be unclear on the concept of ‘temporary,’ as that was the word used to describe the massive 2011 tax increase, which cost the average family one-week’s income. Temporary should mean temporary, but it is apparent that Governor Quinn is guilty of ‘political malpractice.’”

The Exodus From Illinois Continues

By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois keeps racking up those plaudits as the worst of the worst states in the country, this time coming in second of the top states for outward migration. Illinois has seen more of its citizens fleeing its failing edifice than every other state but New Jersey.

This list is maintained by one of the nation’s largest moving companies, United Van Lines and is compiled every year as the company tracks the migrations statistics of the nation.

“As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United’s shipment data illustrates national state-to-state migration trends,” Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines said in a statement. “We’ve been tracking the number of inbound and outbound domestic moves for nearly 40 years, and through our study are able to identify the states that are attracting or losing residents.”

The moving company found that for the fourth straight year, Oregon has been one of the states most moved to, this year taking the top spot after spending four years in second place. Following Oregon, South and then North Carolina won second and third places. Also on the list of the most desirable states to move to was Washington DC, South Dakota, Nevada, Texas, and Colorado.

84% of Illinois Black Teens Unemployed

Single party democrat rule has done a bang up job for Illinois. – Allen

Bleak number’s from Illinois’ economic climate:

from the Chicago Urban League…

* While the overall trend of dropping employment rates for all race-ethnic groups continued through 2012, Black teens had the lowest employment rates across all geographic areas.

* Nationally, the employment rate of Black teens has sustained a declining trajectory dropping from 25% employed in 2006 to 18% in 2012 and faring worse than their Hispanic and White peers.

* In 2012, only 16 out of 100 Black teens in Illinois were employed and only 11 out of 100 Black teens in the city of Chicago were employed.

* Black male teens, in particular, faced challenges in their ability to obtain employment in the U.S., Illinois and the city of Chicago.

* Black male teens in Chicago experienced the bleakest employment rates with the number of Black male teens with jobs dropping from 10% in 2006 to 8% in 2012. A startling 92% of all Black males ages 16-19 in Chicago were jobless in 2012.

Illinois is worth fighting for

by Scott Reeder | Illinois Policy Institute

Every once in a while someone will ask, “Scott, why are you so critical of Illinois?”

My response is simple: I love it here.

This is the state where I was born and where I was raised. During my adult life, I’ve lived in five states and the Land of Lincoln is hands down the best.

Mind you, a state is more than an amalgamation of laws and policies.

It is people and land and opportunity.

Much the way spouses offer suggestions to one another, my criticism is done out of love.

The hog farm I grew up on near Galesburg is a world apart from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

But it’s enjoyable to take the train to the city and see Sue the Dinosaur at the Field Museum or chow down with my kids on a Giordano’s pizza in the Loop.

I loved to take my Labrador retriever for long walks on the Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline. (What an awe-inspiring view of the Mississippi!)

I’m proud of the master’s degree I hold from one of the Prairie State’s universities.

Make no mistake about it. I’m an Illinoisan by choice.

Illinois’ unemployment rate jumped to 9 percent

By Ted Dabrowski & John Klingner –

In his budget address on Wednesday, Gov. Quinn touted the number of jobs that have been created during the past two years. The governor would have you believe that Illinois’ job crisis is over. But that’s far from the truth.

As today’s labor release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, Illinois’ unemployment rate jumped to 9 percent, a 0.4 percent increase over December’s 8.6 percent rate. Even before the increase in January, Illinois had the 9th highest unemployment rate in the nation.

The increase is due to almost 23,000 Illinoisans rejoining the workforce to look for work again. Unfortunately, Illinois’s worsening economic climate means there is very little work to find.

The state’s unemployment rate is now nearly the same as it was one full year ago, when the unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent.

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