On Sunday, March 17th, the Sunday Chicago Tribune features Richmond-raised Andy Turco, an oil-field worker in North Dakota.
Why is he there?
Inadequate job opportunities in McHenry and nearby counties.
The story tells of his having dropped out of Richmond-Burton High School, then trying to support himself staining decks and plowing snow.
A buddy in North Dakota told him of employment opportunities in the fracking fields.
Less than 1% unemployment. Illinois is 9.5%.
Now, he is working his head off (90 hours a week) on a drilling rig, the article by Ted Gregory says. Almost $100,000 a year.
He has broken out of what he calls “a teenage dropouot lifestyle.”
Illinois is now considering allowing fracking in Southern Illinois.
Richmond guys might someday get a job in Illinois.
And it is unlikely that the cost of living would be as high in Southern Illinois as it is in Williston, N.D., the center of the fracking boom.
But Democrats are determined to make sure all the job holders pay union dues.
Turco is not the only local resident who has left Illinois to find a job.
The article also mentions Ian Hernandez, his roommate.
Libetyville, North Aurora and Naperville young people have also deserted Illinois for the fracking fields.
The young woman from Libertyville found a teaching job in less than a week.
And, it’s not just people moving to North Dakota.
Talk a look at United Van Lines experience in Illinois.
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Thanks to the Illinois Policy Institute’s Diana Rickert for pointing me to the United Van Lines information.