Letters to the Editor

June 19, 2014

Is it time to change pitchers in Springfield?

In the major leagues when a pitcher gets bombed during a game. what happens?

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics (May 28) show Illinois is ranks 49th in employment with an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. Additionally, Illinois ranks third in underemployment at a staggering 16.1 percent. Unfortunately, Illinois also boasts a $100 billion unfunded pension liability.

Illinois' failing business climate hurts all. Small businesses, which employ the majority of American workers, leave Illinois in record numbers.

Reporter Ammet Sanchew in a recent article in the Chicago Tribune put the problem succinctly with a headline stating: "Illinois economic recovery seems stuck on low." Mark Vetner of Wells Fargo wrote: "We're not seeing the same degree of improvement in Illinois we're seeing in other areas."

Sadly, as Illinois is ranked second in unemployment, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois rank Illinois third in corruption. What's wrong with this picture? How is our leadership spending its time?

Gov. Pat Quinn's political cheerleaders say the state's economy is improving. As famous Illinoisan 'Honest Abe' Lincoln observed: "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

Quinn is on the mound getting shelled. Bruce Rauner, a successful businessman, is warming up in the bullpen.

Is it time to yank Quinn and give Rauner the ball?

Philip W. Chapman

Highland

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