Michael Medina is nostalgic for the days when he had a job. Just ask him about where he used to work, and he gushes with enthusiasm."Stacey's Bookstore. That's No. 1, that's a wonderful ... it's the biggest bookstore I ever been to," Medina says. "A wonderful store.
On a bustling sidewalk in the Dominican neighborhood of New York City's Washington Heights, Carmen Calderon reaches over a folding table to wave a pamphlet at a sandwich delivery man, shouting in Spanish, "You know your rights as a worker?" The man smiles and keeps biking.
According to a new report from a D.C. group called "Good Jobs First" the state of Illinois leads the nation in the amount of sales tax receipts it lets retailers keep. The group says the national loss numbers are around $1 billion a year. Illinois accounts for $126 million of that.