Alongside traffic and coffee, news radio is a staple of my morning commute. As I flip through the stations, I'll sometimes hear a pundit lament that, "Nothing is made in America anymore."
In reality, there are nearly 13 million manufacturing workers in the United States, including thousands in Illinois. Some of these folks are employed by U.S.-based firms. Many others work for companies headquartered abroad.
These international companies employ more than 340,000 Illinoisans. That includes 126,000 employees in manufacturing jobs - or nearly 37% of all Illinois jobs created by international companies.
According to the latest government data, the number…