For years Senate Republicans have stressed the need for state reforms intended to draw employers to Illinois and give the state a much-needed economic boost. This call has been echoed by Governor Bruce Rauner and was recently underscored by Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness survey, which once again gave Illinois an “F” when it comes to overall friendliness to small business owners.
The survey found Illinois stands out as one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to general support of small business owners. According to employers, the state falls particularly short when it comes to starting a business in the state, employment, labor and hiring regulations, taxation and tax regulations, and what small business owners say is an unduly onerous licensure process.
Nearly 18,000 small business owners across the nation were surveyed on 10 different criteria, including the ease of starting a business, ease of hiring, regulations, tax code and environmental regulations.
Thumbtack creates and publishes national surveys in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Bloomberg. Thumbtack is a nationally-recognized and growing online marketplace that connects consumers with local service professionals.