Illinois’ problems with job creation were highlighted during the week when long-time Illinois company Caterpillar acknowledged the state’s poor business and economic climate prevented them from considering Illinois for a significant expansion.

In other news, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to push for a statewide handgun registry that could make felons of downstate and suburban handgun owners, and the state’s Medicaid program continues to draw attention.

Almost a year ago, Caterpillar Inc. made headlines when a private letter penned by Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman to Governor Pat Quinn was leaked to the media. The missive outlined CAT’s concerns that the state’s massive tax increase would undermine the company’s ability to remain profitable.  During the week, fears the company would bypass Illinois for greener pastures were realized." />

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