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Rauner Gives State Business Recruitment Backhanded Compliment

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was on-hand Tuesday for an expansion of a food manufacturing company in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The company’s growth in Illinois stands in contrast to Rauner’s constant criticism of the state’s business climate.

Since Rauner has taken office - he’s said there’s too many regulations, and it’s too expensive to do business in Illinois. Tuesday, Rauner took the unusual step of applauding a company for expanding in Illinois, while still criticizing the state government.

"Too often, when we have a good announcement, we also have some announcements of folks leaving or moving to another state," Rauner said.

Rauner particularly said property taxes and workers’ compensation costs are too high for businesses.

A company spokesman says Richelieu Foods chose Wheeling because of Chicago’s central location in the country, and good infrastructure.