As the political divide between states grows, what political scientists call “sorting” may accelerate. Illinois conservative billionaire Kenneth Griffin announced last week that he had left Chicago for Miami and would be taking his hedge fund Citadel with him. He told his employees that Florida offered a better corporate environment.
At the same time, Ms. Caprara said the Pritzker administration routinely brags about the state’s welcoming political environment, where abortion rights are codified and corporations will never find themselves in the position that the The Walt Disney Company now occupies Florida – caught between a conservative government constraining gay and transgender rights, and liberal consumers demanding a corporate rollback.
“Companies don’t want to have to deal with people boycotting their business or fighting to get people to move in, especially young workers,” she said.
Joanna Turner Bisgrove, 46, a family physician at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, had worked her entire working life in Oregon, Wisconsin, a small town south of Madison, when her hospital was bought by a healthcare chain Catholic health care, which began restricting abortions and transgender care. After the Wisconsin legislature addressed the issue of transgender girls in sports, she said, her gender-fluid child’s friends became magnets for bullying so severe they made headlines. local newspapers.
Nearly a year ago, the Bisgroves finally crossed the red-blue border, to Evanston, Illinois, where, Dr. Bisgrove said, his children would be accepted and his medical practice could prosper.
“In the end,” she said, “my morals wouldn’t match what I could do.”