Gold Collar: How State Job Subsidies in the Chicago Region Favor Affluent Suburbs

January 2007

By Jeff McCourt and Greg LeRoy with Philip Mattera

Chicago — Job subsidies granted by several Illinois state agencies have severely shortchanged Chicago and many parts of Cook County. Instead of helping to revitalize areas in the region hardest-hit by plant closings and job flight, the state’s development deals have favored affluent, outlying areas with low unemployment and the strongest tax base. The resulting spatial mismatch between new job creation at the fringe and economic need at the core means many transit-dependent workers cannot benefit from regional growth.

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