"It’s tragic because Illinois is one of the most vital and influential distribution hubs in the country. Perhaps, even, in the world. We enjoy a rich, vibrant and intersecting network of highways and railways keeping us at the center of the production and movement of goods. These products are at the heart of major American business operations like Walmart and Amazon. Yet, like many other places nationally, we didn’t realize that jobs can’t maintain themselves.
As a result, we failed to keep laws updated, allowed worker protections to disappear, and opened the door for companies to outsource to temp agencies. That common practice surrenders the basic legal responsibilities owed to hard-earning workers. Along the way we failed to provide incentives for companies to hire workers directly, allowing them to keep a permanent “temporary” workforce intimidated by fear and disregard for the rule of law."
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