Workers flee banana republics for industrialized nations just like Illinoisans flee to Indiana and other neighboring states. A banana republic creates cronyism through law, just like Illinois allows politically connected doctors, lawyers and unions to get rich off a workers’ compensation system that drives industry out of the state.

And how’s this for a banana republic scheme: Some Illinois workers take home more pay when they are injured than when they are working. And some Illinois doctors profit handsomely from overprescribing dangerous opioids to workers’ comp patients. You can’t do that in Indiana.