The outgoing head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says the state's elected officials are not doing enough to create new jobs, with one exception. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports:
After twelve years as President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Doug Whitley's retiring next year. Whitley says he's leaving disappointed -- the latest data showed Illinois with the second highest unemployment in the nation, behind Nevada. And he says political leaders haven't done enough about it, except for one - Chicago's mayor:
"With the exception of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I don't hear any other political leaders in our state talking about jobs, trying to recruit jobs, trying to announce new jobs and showing a sincere concern with unemployment."
Of course, plenty of politicians will take umbrage with that characterization -- the governor, who's in a re-election battle, has been busily announcing taxpayer-funded construction projects he says will create jobs.
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