Madison, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Illinois unions are criticizing the state's Chamber of Commerce for inviting Governor Walker to Springfield next week to talk about jobs. Both the unions and chamber agree they don't support Governor Walker asking Illinois businesses to move to Wisconsin. But groups advocating for Illinois businesses believe what Governor Walker has done in Wisconsin is working, and they want to hear more.
As taxes increased in Illinois last year, Governor Scott Walker pledged to lower taxes in Wisconsin, hoping to lure small businesses across the border. Today, he's still comparing Wisconsin to Illinois.
Walker says, "People look at past and realize we lost 150,000 jobs under old policies the failed policies that we see in Wisconsin and Illinois and that's where my opponents would take us, to greater job loss."
But even in the face of an economic rivalry, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent businesses are inviting Governor Walker to be their keynote speaker on job creation for a lobby day next Tuesday.
"Last year we had our Governor, Governor Quinn speak, and he chose one path. He chose a path of higher taxes and that has done very little to turn Illinois around. So this year we thought we'd try a different perspective."
It's a perspective unions in Illinois don't appreciate.
Springfield Trades and Labor Council say, "We have a history of working with businesses and government and labor, and Walker has a history of not working with labor."
Unions want Walker to "go home," saying the Chamber of Commerce should "be ashamed."
While the Governor hasn't reached his goal of creating 250,000 jobs, he says he's on still track to do so. "You don't do it in one year, you do it over multiple year cycle and that's what we're going to do in Wisconsin."
Unions are planning a rally next Tuesday in Springfield where the event will be held. Business leaders say they'll listen to their speakers, and then go to the capitol to lobby state lawmakers.
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