Rauner “Concerned” About Jobs, Lays Off 20,000 Illinoisans

As Illinois hit day 735 without a budget, Bruce Rauner held a press conference expressing his “concern” for creating jobs in Illinois.

Chicago, IL — As Illinois hit day 735 without a budget, Bruce Rauner held a press conference expressing his “concern” for creating jobs in Illinois.But Rauner’s concern likely came as a surprise to the 20,000 Illinoisans he was responsible for laying off this week.

Just a few days before Rauner held his press conference, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) suspended all roadwork operations due to Rauner’s budget crisis. The IDOT laid off 20,000 people until a budget is passed into law and suspended 900 transportation projects totaling $3.3 billion. This could cause an estimated $35 million in lost economic activity in just the first week.

“Bruce Rauner held a press conference yesterday threatening to do ‘everything possible’ to prolong the suffering of Illinois families,” said Pritzker campaign communications director Galia Slayen. “Governor Junk expressed concern about creating jobs, but the only thing he has created is a crisis that has already done unfathomable damage to this state.”

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