Workers’ compensation is a significant cost to Illinois taxpayers and drains scarce tax dollars from government coffers. A previous report in this series estimated the direct cost of workers’ compensation to state, county and municipal governments is $402 million in worker payouts per year.1 Building upon those findings, this report estimates that the total cost of workers’ compensation to...View Report
There are 170,000 fewer people working in Illinois since before the Great Recession.
In the last decade, Illinois’ economy and the economies of neighboring states have gone in opposite directions, with more people now working in Wisconsin and Indiana combined.
Politicians’ refusal to make serious spending reforms is pushing more taxpayers out of Illinois, with Missouri being an attractive landing spot.
Illinois’ declining union membership is but one more reminder that the state’s anti-jobs business environment hurts the broad population of job-seekers, whether they are union or non-union.
Missouri has become the 28th state to enact Right to Work, causing Illinois’ regional competitiveness to decline further.
Expect Kentucky to gain even more Illinoisans in coming years.
Illinois may soon be surrounded by Right-to-Work states.
The outcome of 2016 races in nearby states may result in all states surrounding Illinois becoming Right-to-Work states – leaving Illinois a lone island in a sea of worker freedom. To remain competitive for workers and business, Illinois must consider similar reforms.
Continued jobs losses in manufacturing underscore the need to reform the state’s onerous tax and regulatory policies.
Altria announces plant closures in Illinois and Pennsylvania.