SPRINGFIELD - Although Governor Pat Quinn started his 2014 State of the Budget speech boasting that Illinois was in the best financial condition it had been in during the last five years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released figures Friday showing a somewhat different picture.
According to the report, Illinois' unemployment is second highest in the nation at 8.7 percent. Only Rhode Island is worst, at 9.0 percent.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner was quick to jump on the discrepancy, saying “Pat Quinn broke his promises and Illinois is suffering the consequences. It’s harder to find a job under Pat Quinn and now he’s making things worse by wanting to take more money out of working folks’ wallets by making his massive tax hike permanent.”