Bruce Rauner Statement on Monthly Job Losses

For Immediate Release
April 18, 2013
Contact: Mike Schrimpf

Chicago, IL – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the state lost 17,800 jobs in March and the unemployment rate remained at 9.5 percent, one of the highest in the nation.

“The number of people out of work in our state is unacceptable and under the Quinn-Madigan regime Illinois is falling farther and farther behind,” said Bruce Rauner. “The higher taxes and deepening debt crisis occurring under Quinn and Madigan is holding our economy back and hurting too many Illinois families.”

“The encouraging news is the folks I’m meeting as I travel the state understand what is needed to get our economy back on track. They know our pension system needs to be reformed, our tax and workers compensation systems need to be made more competitive, and we need to strengthen our schools,” Rauner said. “They’ve simply lost faith in the Quinn-Madigan way of doing business in Springfield and are eager for an outsider.”

Earlier today, Bruce launched with a simple message: help is on the way.

Bruce is currently on a Listening Tour and has made 38 stops across Illinois, including visits with voters in Champaign, Clark, Crawford, Cumberland, Coles, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Grundy, Kane, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Monroe, Moultrie, Richland, Sangamon, Shelby, Tazewell, Washington and Winnebago counties.