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IL Biz Climate Poor

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:45:59 CDT
By: IPR's Amanda Vinickey

IL Biz Climate Poor Illinois comes in at the wrong end of a new survey by C-N-B-C that ranks the business climate among the states.   IPR's Amanda Vinicky has more:

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After scoring states on dozens of measures of competitiveness ... Illinois came up 37th. There are plenty of polls that attempt to gauge this sort of thing - some of which pit Illinois higher, others lower.
"When surveys come out like this, when they've talked to employers and employers' associations, and they've ranked states based on statistics .. this is something that's picked up nationally. And if you're a business located around the world or throughout the United States and you're looking to make an investment in a new state you're going to look to this kind of survey."

That's Mark Denzler, a Vice President of the Illinois Manufacturer's Association. He calls this CNBC survey a "pretty accurate barometer." Denzler says one of Illinois' biggest problems in recruiting and retaining companies is its reputation, which he says really began to slide during former Governor Rod Blagojevich's reign.
"With Illinois ranked in the bottom quartile or so they're going to think that Illinois' not a good place to do business."

Even so ... Denzler says for some firms, Illinois' high score ... 5 out of 50 ... in areas like infrastructure and technological innovation may make the state attractive as a place to locate.

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