Subsidizing Low-Wage Jobs: An Analysis of the First Economic Development Deals Disclosed Under Illinois’ New Accountability Law

February 2006

By Jeff McCourt with Anna Purinton, Philip Mattera and Greg LeRoy

Good Jobs First has just completed the first analysis of economic development deals disclosed under the new accountability law in Illinois. We found that many of the subsidies are going to companies that create jobs with pay levels below that needed for a family of four to  pay basic expenses. A full assessment of the quality  of the jobs is not possible, since the law does not require reporting on healthcare coverage.

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