The Chicago Tribune mockingly referenced the Texas fertilizer plant explosion that took 14 lives last week in a below-the-belt editorial jab at Texas Governor Rick Perry’s visit to Illinois in the name of recruiting industry to his State.
Perry his sights on the economically damaged Prairie State recently with a $42,000 radio ad buy in Chicago and another $38,000 in print ads at Crain’s Chicago Business, directing people to the website texaswideopenforbusiness.com.
In one of the ads that Chicago-area residents will see, Perry notes, “I have a word of advice for employers frustrated by Illinois’ short-sighted approach to business: you need to get out of there while there’s still time.”
He continues in opining that “the escape route leads straight to Texas” where businesses enjoy “limited government, low taxes and a pro-business environment.”
Perry followed up the ad buy with a visit to Illinois this week.
Knowing Perry offers a sweet deal for job makers that their Chicago’s liberal political machinations makes impossible to replicate, The Tribune decided to launch a tasteless attack on Texas before pointing out the failures of Illinois politicians in fostering a pro-business environment.
It reads in part:
Laugh all you want about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign to recruit businesses from Illinois to the Lone Star State. We don’t know whether Perry will succeed in prompting a commercial exodus from the Land of Lincoln to the land of droughts, fire ants and deadly fertilizer-plant explosions. Yet Perry’s stunt is another serious wake-up call for Illinois politicians and the inhospitable business climate they’ve created.
Perry can boast to Illinois business leaders of a Texas unemployment rate that has fallen to 6.4 percent. That’s an excellent barometer of his state’s economic health. By contrast, the unemployment rate in Illinois is at 9.5 percent and, as the latest report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates, it has been rising over the past year. In March, this state lost 17,800 jobs from the previous month.
That is no laughing matter.
Of course, it is understandable that the editorial board of a newspaper located in a city with such a sordid history, and daily existence, as Chicago would feel comfortable making light of the death of innocent people.