Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has recently been seen in New Hampshire and Florida, spurring speculation that he’s eyeing a 2024 presidential bid. Or maybe he’s trying to escape Illinois like so many others have during his governorship.
Research outfit Wirepoints notes in a new report that Illinois’s real GDP grew a mere 0.5% between the first quarters of 2019 and 2022, the first three years of Mr. Pritzker’s governorship. That’s by far the slowest growth in the region. Indiana’s GDP increased by 6.1%, Iowa’s by 5.2%, and Michigan (3.7%), Kentucky (3.3%) and Missouri (3.1%) lapped it too. Even slow-growing Wisconsin (1.6%) recorded triple the growth of Illinois.