State of Illinois Archives: on Jobs


Bruce Rauner: Over-burdensome workers comp makes Illinois uncompetitive

To bring good jobs to Illinois, we have to make Illinois a place where it is good to do business. We must fix our workers comp system, labor regulations, liability costs, and property taxes that make us uncompetitive. The cost of worker's comp is the biggest factor driving our job losses. If we simply aligned our workers' comp costs with those of a state like Massachusetts--which is hardly a bastion of conservatism--we can save state and local taxpayers over $300 million per year.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Illinois legislature Jan 27, 2016

Bruce Rauner: Public officials do not deserve a raise

The compensation demands being made by AFSCME leaders are out-of-touch with reality. Adjusted for the cost of living, we already have the highest paid state employees in America. Undeterred and unashamed, AFSCME is demanding $3 billion more in overall compensation. That $3 billion should go into our schools and human services, not into government bureaucracy.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Illinois legislature Jan 27, 2016

Bruce Rauner: Raise minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next 7 years

We must help those workers who are barely getting by, by raising the minimum wage. Our Economic Growth and Jobs Package increases the minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next 7 years.

Raising the minimum wage in conjunction with improving the overall jobs climate, will make Illinois more competitive and create a booming economy while increasing incomes for hardworking Illinoisans.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Illinois Legislature Feb 4, 2015

Bruce Rauner: Create Right-to-Work zones; reform workers' comp

We are in a jobs crisis. Illinois has the worst unemployment rate in the Midwest and among the highest in the nation. That's unacceptable.

Illinois is blessed with tremendous natural resources, world-class cities and towns, and dedicated, hard-working people. It's the politicians in charge of Springfield who are holding us back.

Source: 2014 Illinois Gubernatorial campaign website BruceRauner.com Nov 4, 2014

Dick Durbin: Raise minimum wage to $10.10 & same pay regardless of gender

Durbin supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and closing the pay gap between men and women.

Jim Oberweis prefers a minimum-wage hike only for workers who are in their mid-20s or older. His campaign calls the Durbin-backed measure to close the pay gap a "handy campaign prop" with no chance of becoming law.

Durbin favors gradual increases over 2 years until the minimum hits $10.10. Initially it would climb to $8.20 an hour, below the $8.25-an-hour minimum in Illinois. Later hikes would see the minimum wage rise to $9.15 and $10.10 [and thereafter] tie hikes in the minimum wage after 2016 to the rate of inflation. Durbin says the buying power of the minimum wage has dropped more than 30% since 1968. He says an increase would inject money into the economy, fueling demand for goods and services and creating 85,000 jobs. According to Durbin, businesses that don't pay employees enough to survive are asking the government to make up the difference with food stamps and other help.

Source: Chicago Tribune on 2014 Illinois Senate debate Oct 13, 2014

Jim Oberweis: Minimum wage of $10 (and less for those under age 24)

Sen. Dick Durbin supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and closing the pay gap between men and women.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis prefers a minimum-wage hike only for workers who are in their mid-20s or older. His campaign calls closing the pay gap a "handy campaign prop" with no chance of becoming law. Oberweis believes lower taxes and fewer federal regulations would help improve workers' fortunes.

In April, Oberweis proposed a state measure to gradually boost the minimum wage for workers 26 and older until their hourly wages hit $10 in 2017. On the federal level, Oberweis might favor raising the minimum wage for workers who are at least 24 years old. Oberweis' campaign points to a CBO report which found that most low-wage workers would receive higher pay under the federal proposal but that once the increases were fully implemented in 2016, total employment would be reduced by about 500,000 workers because some low-wage jobs would be eliminated.

Source: Chicago Tribune on 2014 Illinois Senate debate Oct 13, 2014

Sharon Hansen: No minimum wage; & no set pay based on gender

Sen. Dick Durbin supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and closing the pay gap between men and women. State Sen. Jim Oberweis prefers a minimum-wage hike only for workers who are in their mid-20s or older. His campaign calls the Durbin- backed measure to close the pay gap a "handy campaign prop" with no chance of becoming law. Oberweis believes lower taxes and fewer federal regulations would help improve workers' fortunes.

Libertarian Sharon Hansen said she opposes raising the minimum wage and that employers should be free to set workers' pay without regard to gender.

Durbin favors gradual increases over two years until the hourly minimum hits $10.10. Durbin says an increase would inject money into the economy, fueling demand for goods & services and creating 85,000 jobs.

Oberweis' campaign points to a CBO report which found that most low-wage workers would receive higher pay under the proposal but that total employment would be reduced by about 500,000 workers.

Source: Chicago Tribune on 2014 Illinois Senate debate Oct 13, 2014

Pat Quinn: Reformed burdensome worker compensation system

Four years ago, Illinois had one of the most burdensome worker compensation systems in the country. That didn't help our businesses or our workers. So we reformed the system, saving business millions of dollars in insurance premiums. And we did it working together, with both parties. Achieving this reform was not easy; but hard is not impossible.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Illinois Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Pat Quinn: Illinois Jobs Now! and Employer Training Investment Program

Our greatest asset is our human capital. Illinois' workers are smart, resourceful, and hardworking. But we can't become complacent. We must invest in our state's workforce to meet the changing needs of business, so that Illinois workers always have the education, training and skills necessary to compete with anyone around the world. That's why I am proposing to increase support for the Employer Training Investment Program.

Shortly after I became Governor, we enacted our job recovery initiative-- Illinois Jobs Now!--a $31 billion job recovery program to rebuild our roads, bridges, water systems, railroads, airports, and schools. We are in the middle of the largest road-building program in the history of Illinois. So far, we have repaired 4,800 miles of roads and 500 bridges--with a lot more to come. We are creating jobs. Capital projects to date have created 142,000 short-term and permanent jobs. Altogether we will create and retain more than 400,000 jobs over the course of the program.

Source: Illinois 2011 State of the State Budget Address Feb 16, 2011

Pat Quinn: I want to be the "Building Governor"

I want to be the "Building Governor." I want to build more things, more good things, across our state than any other governor in state history. We have the wherewithal to do it. We have the will & the people to do it. We have the work ethic to do it. It's very important in Illinois that we have work.

I've laid out a jobs and economic growth plan for our state. We have planned road construction, bridge repair, water investment, rail construction. Helping build new schools and repair old schools.

Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Alexi Giannoulias: Invest in clean energy jobs which cannot be outsourced

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Alexi Giannoulias: Evaluate workers on their abilities, not their identities

Workers should be evaluated on their ability to do a job, not on their identities. Alexi supports efforts, modeled after existing civil rights and disabilities legislation, to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Barack Obama: Overrode federal overtime rules and raised the minimum wage

Obama was the driving force behind Illinois’ Earned Income Tax Credit, which has provided more than $100 million in tax relief to working families. He was the chief sponsor of the law that exempts Illinois from the Bush Administration’s new federal overtime rules and protects overtime pay for thousands of Illinois workers. He voted to increase the minimum wage to $6.50 an hour. He sponsored a law that ensures workers have advance warning if their employer is about to conduct a mass lay-off.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com Sep 28, 2004

Barack Obama: Fund Trade Adjustment Assistance for service workers too

Obama will ensure funding is available for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, and expand it so it covers service workers as well as manufacturing workers, in order to provide retraining, income support, health insurance tax credits, and other benefits to those who lose their jobs because of trade.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com Jun 25, 2004

Barack Obama: Tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs

Obama believes that there is no such thing as a “jobless recovery.” Obama will champion policies that get our economy moving and people working instead of short-sighted tax-cuts for the rich that have failed to spark a recovery.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com May 2, 2004

Barack Obama: Obama will strengthen unions and workers’ rights

Obama will do everything in his power to fight the Bush Administration’s crusade against unions and, instead, build support to strengthen workers’ rights.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com May 2, 2004

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