Illinois Business Goes to Iowa

Reboot Our Government – If anyone in Chicago or Springfield still denies that this state’s sorry record of corruption and taxpayer debt is costing Illinois excellent jobs, take it from billionaire Nassef Sawiris. As head of the global firm Orascom Construction Industries, he set out to build a giant new plant to make fertilizer from natural gas in America’s heartland. He ultimately chose Iowa for the project instead of Illinois. Why? Because the promised benefits “are not sustainable in our view given the balance sheet of the state of Illinois.”

The Tribune concludes that Illinois suffers because of its chronically failed political leadership. That’s a self-inflicted wound that Illinoisans — as citizens, as taxpayers, as voters — can heal. Until it makes the obvious, essential changes, Illinois never will regain its dominance in the increasingly grueling race for jobs and prosperity.

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