The job market improved in parts of Illinois; unemployment fell in seven of the state's 12 metro areas. That includes Champaign-Urbana, the Metro East and Springfield. But other regions saw sharp hikes, including in Danville, Decatur and Peoria. Each of those regions saw unemployment rates rise by more than a percentage point.
The latest numbers issued by the Illinois Department of Employment Security came out the same day Gov. Pat Quinn held an event in Schaumburg, just outside of Chicago, to announce that a German manufacturer was moving its U.S. headquarters there from Ohio.
Quinn says he recruited the Rittal company on his December trip to Germany and as a result, he's expecting 40 new jobs. The Democratic Governor defended his record of job creation.
"Our state has created a lot of jobs, but there are folks who were discouraged, who weren’t in the employment market, they’re now coming back, our housing market is recovering. We’ve got to keep this momentum going."
But the five men challenging Quinn for the Governor's office are already making the case that Quinn hasn't done enough to spur Illinois' economy. They offer a range of criticism, including that Illinois isn't attractive to corporations because of its ongoing budget problems, fiscal instability and what some say are over-burdensome regulations.