Understanding Illinois: Steps to a Stronger Illinois Economy

NowlanBy James D. Nowlan
and J. Thomas Johnson

Outside Columnists

The Illinois economy has been struggling. In January 2014 the state’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, second highest in the nation. From our employment peak in November 2000, Illinois lost 656,000 jobs and has regained only 257,000.

What can be done about our parlous situation? 

We asked the experts—the state’s economic development professionals, the men and women who recruit businesses to their communities.

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