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Laboring for an Illinois harvest

“Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.”

— Ralph Ransom

Employment utopia is the place where everyone works in an environment that is both challenging and rewarding. Everyone loves what they do, and works to be productive and accomplish the mission. In this environment of mutual respect, rewards match the effort and the results, while providing a bountiful harvest. Bosses are always collaborative, inspiring and leading by example. The business model and equation is in perfect balance, benefiting all.

The real world is much different than utopia. Some bosses don’t really care about their employees; and vice versa.

Some folks just collect a paycheck, while others have a career. Some folks are underpaid and some overpaid.

Not all jobs are created equal. And neither are all workers.

And then there is the state of employment in our State of Illinois. Unemployment is a bigger problem in Illinois than in most other states. Unemployment is a bigger problem in Southwestern Illinois than in the rest of Illinois.

On top of that, Illinois is considered very unfriendly to businesses, receiving an F grade in a recent ranking. Illinois is about as far from utopia as is possible. And Illinois is an island, surrounded by states that remain more attractive to get a job, or start a business, or keep a business viable.

It’s time for Illinois to become more attractive for workers and businesses alike. Not everyone can work for the state; or can we?

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