How ’bout that! Crain’s Chicago editorial board, which generally leans Democratic and liberal, just came out opposing further efforts to prohibit local ordinances creating right-to-work zones in Illinois.
This past week the Illinois House failed to override a veto by Governor Rauner of legislation that would have banned local right-to-work. In fact, it would have criminalized officials who act to implement local right-to-work.
Democrats are expected to try again but Crain’s says they shouldn’t.
But Crain’s watered down that opinion by saying, in its last paragraph, that Illinois has a backup strategy if local right-to-is banned. They think Illinois can sell itself to employers by thinking on a regional basis — apparently by touting nearby areas in Wisconsin and Indiana, right-to-work states.
Sure, Illinois benefits meaningfully from neighbors with smart policies driving thriving economies, and cooperating regionally is generally sensible. But how exactly does that pertain to our right-to-work policy? Would our sales pitch really be something like, “Come to neighboring Wisconsin or Indiana because they have the employer-friendly policies we don’t”? Or, “Come here because we have nice neighbors”? I don’t get it.
–Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.