Reacting to the news that the mayor of Minneapolis plans to visit Chicago on Thursday and urge same-sex couples in Illinois to travel to his city to get married, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) today trotted out the questionable UCLA study that claims there will be "record tourism and millions of dollars in economic impact" if gay marriage is legalized in Illinois.
Ignoring the impact of the state's high gas prices, expensive toll roads and murder rate on Illinois tourism, the Governor and Mayor insisted the state’s failure to enact same-sex matrimony is costing the state tourism money.
Overlooking the economic impact of civil union ceremonies, which are legal in Illinois, Emanuel maintained that the lack of gay marriage "is bad for Chicago, bad for Illinois, and bad for our local economy and the jobs it creates.”
Quinn echoed his sentiments, but said nothing about the lack of progress on state pension reform, which most economists agree is the real reason Illinois is losing jobs.