Illinois has long had a bad for business reputation, now there is a new study that shows that reputation may be sticking.
New York based Development Counsellors International asked over 300 company executives to rank the 50 states as either good for business, or bad for business. Illinois ranked as the third worst state. That's not surprising to Mark Denzler with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.
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Denlzer says Illinois has not had much stability for the past eight years. Republican State Representative David Harris says the state can turn its reputation around. But he doesn't know if Illinois will.
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Kelly Jakubek with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says Illinois has gotten good marks in other business surveys. Site Selection magazine ranked Chicago the #1 metro area and Illinois the #8 state for corporate facility expansions in 2010. Illinois was also named one of 10 “business friendly” states that are gaining businesses by U.S. News & World Report.