The last decade left Illinois’ unemployment rate at 9.5%, ranked 47th in job creation amongst the states, and real inflation adjusted wages have declined for most Illinois workers since 2001.
Despite these daunting facts, the GOA/Regional Business Association believes economic prosperity can, and will, return to Illinois. That is why we have launchedthe Prosperity Project for the Greater O’Hare area, a unique online platform to help the citizens of the Northwest Chicagoland area impact our long term economic future.
Illinois’ dire state of affairs is due in large part to the anti-business public policies and actions that have prevailed in the last decade.
Misguided good intentions, at best, and shear economic ignorance, at worst, have resulted in a faltering economy and the resulting mess our government has become.
Prosperity Project is your source to stay informed on the issues impacting our state and local economy, the avenue in which to communicate directly with policymakers,and the tool to hold them accountable through the ballot box.
And whereas, Illinois currently is tied for fourth highest minimum wage in the country,
Whereas, a hike in the minimum wage would increase labor costs for many small businesses by over 21% that would result in layoffs and reduced hours for employees,