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Heavy metals: How Illinois crushes manufacturers

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Illinois is home to the worst manufacturing recovery in the Midwest. Just this month, the state saw four manufacturers shut down in 10 days. The Land of Lincoln is hemorrhaging blue-collar jobs as Michigan and Indiana boom on the back of smart policies, and the manufacturing workers who have managed to hold on to their jobs take home the lowest pay in the Midwest. Mark Selvaggio, president of family-owned Selvaggio Steel in Springfield, Illinois, knows exactly what's hurting businesses like his. He shared his thoughts with us on the factory floor. Illinois needs workers' compensation reform, along with worker freedom and a property-tax freeze, to help spur a manufacturing comeback – the likes of which Indiana and Michigan are experiencing as Illinois businesses like Selvaggio Steel struggle mightily. The comeback story starts here: illinoispolicy.org