The state of Illinois' unemployment rate was two percentage points behind the national average in April and legislators can't seem to agree on what to do to fix it. Illinois House Republicans called for a package of bills to be brought to the floor for debate on Friday.
That's State Representative Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon. He says that the package would make the state competitive on both a local and national scale. The proposal was shot down by the Democratic floor leader and the bills remain in committee.
Illinois' unemployment rate was 9.3 percent in April. The national rate was 7.6 percent. The difference equates to 130-thousand people; which is more than the populations of Peoria, Springfield or Elgin.