It’s not just the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability saying the state’s manufacturing sector is in near recession, it’s also several manufacturing groups. Reacting to last week’s jobs numbers showing more than 12,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the past year, Illinois Manufacturer’s Association Vice President Mark Denzler said Illinois manufactures have been struggling with a variety of things, including the state’s business climate competing with neighboring states and other countries.
Kim Maisch, the Illinois director for the National Federation of Independent Business, says many of her manufacturing members feel the manufacturing recession and will continue steps they took after the great recession that ended in 2009.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has been pushing for a more business friendly environment to spur on more jobs, something leading Democrats in the General Assembly oppose saying the reform items would diminish the quality of life for working class families. Leading Republicans counter the middle class has been negatively impacted by more than a decade of Democrat rule.