Ill. Dem Senate Candidate Took Credit For ‘Job Creation,’ Now Illinois is 3rd Worst in Job Loss

-By Warner Todd Huston

Like his president and his party, the Democrat Senate candidate for Illinois, Alexi “the Mob Banker” Giannoulias, is quick to claim that they have “created jobs” with the various and sundry, and continuing “stimulus” bills. But now that Illinois has been reported as having lost the third most amount of jobs nationwide, will Giannoulias take credit for that too?

Back in July, Giannoulias appeared on Fox Chicago TV and told us all that he was proud to have helped “create jobs” in Illinois.

I’m also proud, not only have we helped create jobs here in Illinois, but I’m the only candidate who has actually fought for jobs. When they were going to close Hartmarx, a company that’s been around for over 100 years, 600 good-paying jobs, as State Treasurer I stood up to them, we fought to save those jobs.”

But even Obama’s own Washington establishment is reporting that Illinois lost the third most amount of jobs in July, the very month that Giannoulias was claiming that HE had created jobs in Illinois.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the largest over-the-month employment decreases in non-farm payroll were in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Illinois

So, since good ol’ Alexi is so willing to take credit for “creating” jobs — jobs that don’t seem to have been created at all — is he equally as willing to own up to the job loss in Illinois? If not, why not?

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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