Sears Holdings Corp. announced in April that it is closing another 78 stores (68 Kmarts and 10 Sears stores), resulting in 6 Kmarts closing in Illinois compared to one in Wisconsin. Even though no closings are scheduled in Lake County or Kenosha County, over 1,000 layoffs are forecasted in the next two months across the Chicagoland area. Assembled Products of Buffalo Grove will be laying off 80+ workers, starting in May. Abbott laid off about 150 workers in April and replaced them with contractors from Wipro, a foreign company based in India. Abbott will be saving over a million dollars in just a few years. Senator Dick Durbin criticized Abbott for doing so, but what does he expect?! His liberal practices with rules, regulations and over-taxation have contributed to Abbott's woes. And not just them, but hundreds of companies across Illinois! Liberal policies are sending jobs and whole companies out of the state. Can we expect companies to stay in Illinois when they are getting beaten up time and time again with more taxes and regulations?! No!
Now Chicago aldermen are trying to force companies to cough up five sick days a year to their employees. Alderman Ameya Pawar called it "a baseline of decency". So it's not decent enough for a company to pay workers a decent wage plus benefits; the government wants to legally force their hand. And how are the businesses going to pay for this decency?! They are already taxed to the max and regulations are cutting into any profits they might have. The result? More and more companies will close up or move out, leaving workers stranded. And whose fault will that be?The businesses'? No! It will be the state's fault!
Illinois is currently at the top of the list nationwide in unemployment with 6.5%! Compare that to Wisconsin at 4.5%, Indiana at 5%, Missouri at 4.2% or Iowa at 3.8%. Even Michigan (4.8%), New York (4.8%), and California (5.4%) are much lower! If liberals continue to cripple companies and taxpayers while lining their own selfish pockets, Chicago could end up like Detroit. Make no mistake about it... that's exactly what happened in Detroit! Chicago is at a whopping 11.2% unemployment rate and getting worse seemingly every month. Chicago is worse than Washing-ton D.C. (9.4%) and New York City (9.5%). Any city with predominantly liberal practices is, and has been, struggling.
In Wisconsin, the economy is improving too well! What do I mean? Wisconsin state workers are quitting their jobs in droves. About 1 out of 8 state workers left their jobs or retired in 2015. Why? The Wisconsin economy is doing so well, companies are courting these state workers to work for them for better pay and the same or better benefits. Say what you want about Scott Walker, but Wisconsin's economy is improving under his leadership; there's no doubt. It was reported in April that Kenosha-based Snap-on Inc. has had a 16.1% increase in net earnings from last year. That's fantastic. Other companies are experiencing similar results.
So what about Milwaukee? Even though the city is feeling some ripple effects, it is at a dismal 11.9% unemployment rate. Can you guess why? Liberal policies, which benefit government, ultimately hurt taxpayers and suffocate businesses with over-taxation and regulations. Other states experiencing economic growth are struggling in their cities that are governed by heavily liberal politics. That is the truth. Unemployment rates for Indianapolis (10.6%), Cleveland (10.8%), Atlanta (11.3%), Los Angeles (13.2%), and Las Vegas (14.3%-3rd highest) are extremely high. Fresno, California is very high with the second highest rate at 18%. But nothing comes close to the city with the worst unemployment rate in the country... Detroit with nearly 25%! That is one quarter of its population! That's crazy! If you research this as I have, you come to one conclusion. Liberal politicians and thugs they partnered with, through the years, sucked what money they could for themselves and left the once mighty city of Detroit broken, collapsed, and bleeding to death. It was and is a shame and a travesty!
Almost every major business has pulled out and moved on. Fiat Chrysler announced in April that they are closing up and laying off 1,300 employees. It could get even uglier. All this could have been avoided. And that's my point. What happened in Detroit could happen in Chicago as well. And not just Chicago, but other major cities. Illinois Governor Rauner is trying to help Illinois, but is getting stonewalled by liberal politicians. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to help Chicago, but liberal powers that be are obstructing him. Michael Madigan, who has done some good for Illinois in the past, is now shown to be just a liberal fixture and an established bully. Madigan's "my way or the highway" attitude is not helping Illinois but hurting it! He could do a lot of good for this state but isn't. Why not?! I can only gather that he is in it for himself and those who are aligned with him. I'm sorry, but that is pathetic.
Here is the conclusion of the matter: The state of Illinois has to stop crippling and suffocating its workers and the businesses they work for! Instead of hurting them, the state needs to help businesses, especially small businesses. Local governments are trying to help but are receiving little to no help from the state. They are left to fend for themselves and do whatever they can. We need relief, not more burdens! Who can or will step up and deliver? If things don't change for the better, there will be more businesses closing and/or leaving, and working taxpayers will be not too far behind! You know... Texas is sounding pretty good.