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Illinois Government Jobs Slow Growing

Posted on September 4, 2008

Illinois government jobs are expected to grow slowly during the near future.

In July 2008, Illinois‘ government industry employed 848,100 people, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the same as last year.

Budget constraints at all federal and state levels of government are expected to cause employment in the the state’s government industry to increase at a slower rate than the average for all industries through 2014, according to an article by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

“Most of the employment opportunities will be the replacement of personnel as opposed to job openings due to growth,” the article notes. “Job growth will result primarily from growth in the population and its demand for public services. Even though the public is demanding quicker resolutions to legal disputes, only minimal employment growth is expected in the court system.

“However, with the national emphasis on homeland security, faster than average employment growth is anticipated for law enforcement workers such as guards, policemen and detectives,” the article adds. “Also, demand will continue to grow for specialized workers in areas related to emergency preparedness, public health and information analysis.”

Illinois’ government consists of an executive, legislative and judicial branch. Legislative functions are overseen by the Illinois General Assembly, composed of the Illinois House of Representatives with 118 members and the Illinois Senate with 59 members. The executive branch is headed by the governor of Illinois, and there are four other separately-elected officials. The judicial branch is made up of the Supreme Court of Illinois, as well as appellate and circuit courts.

Historically, Illinois served as a battleground state between the Republican and Democratic parties. However, the state has proved to be more Democratic in recent national and state elections, and is considered the most Democratic state in the Midwest. This is mainly due to a large concentration of Democrats in Chicago, as Republicans usually come out on top in rural northern and central Illinois. The state has voted for Democratic presidential candidates in the last four elections.

Politics in the state, especially Chicago machine politics, have often been noticed because of corruption cases. Illinois also has elected two of the five black U.S. senators.

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Mt Morris
Prairie Advocate