Illinois Manufacturer's Association

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address seemed to engender two primary responses: Those who support his message and those who indict it. The Illinois Manufacturers Association applauded it. The Illinois Policy Institute praised it and so did the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. But home health care works disagreed.

Nancee Custer works for Community Care. She picketed with other home health care workers yesterday outside Lutheran Social Services in Peoria. Cluster says the budget gridlock is the Governor’s fault:

A proposal in the Illinois House that would require all state vehicles to be manufactured in North America sounds patriotic, but some groups say it would hurt Illinois businesses. 

Illinois dropped eleven spots in a national survey of the best places to do business. Business leaders say they're not surprised. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The CNBC survey ranks Illinois 37th overall. But the state gets especially poor marks when it comes to the cost of doing business. Illinois comes in at 44th out of 50 states.