State of the State: 2014
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Gov. Quinn’s failed record on jobs
Quinn Rhetoric: “I think the number one issue in Illinois today is getting our economy back on track.”
“Our mission this year is to revive our economy and put people back to work”
REALITY: To date, compared to when Gov. Quinn took office in 1/2009, Illinois has lost 93,137 jobs, the number of unemployed is up 36,892, the labor force is down 56,245, and the jobless rate is up from 8.0% to 8.6%, the third-highest of any state.
2011 Budget Address:
Quinn Rhetoric: “We must be a state that has a dynamic, growing economy.”
“We are creating jobs.”
REALITY: At that time, from 1/2009 to 1/2011, Illinois had lost 111,050 jobs, the jobless rate had risen from 8.0 to 9.4, and the Illinois labor force shrunk.
Quinn Rhetoric: “In the past three years, we’ve worked together to strengthen our economy and make Illinois a better place to do business”
REALITY: At that time, from 1/2009 to 1/2012, Illinois had lost 78,762 jobs under Gov. Quinn, the jobless rate had risen from 8.0 to 9.1, and the Illinois labor force shrunk.
Quinn Rhetoric: “In the last four years, we have created jobs, invested in our public works, and enacted major reforms.”
REALITY: At that time, from 1/2009 to 1/2013, Illinois had lost 29,068 jobs under Gov. Quinn, and the jobless rate had risen from 8.0 to 9.0.
Quinn Rhetoric: “Fortunately, thanks to President Barack Obama, we now have the Affordable Care Act, which will improve the health of the people of Illinois and create thousands of jobs.”
REALITY: ObamaCare enrollment in Illinois is only 1/5 of the way to its goal, and Illinoisans are signing up slower than the national rate.
Illinois has enrolled only 1 out of every 210 people, or 0.47 percent of the population, compared to the national rate of 1 out of every 146 people, or 0.69 percent of the overall population.
The 61,111 Illinoisans who have signed up for ObamaCare is less than 1/3 of the 185,000 Illinoisans who have received cancellation notices because of ObamaCare… so far.