New jobs for Illinois? No rush on that.

If you need a case study on how government inertia can crush job development, look no further than the frustrated attempt to put people to work extracting energy supplies in southern Illinois.

On May 31, 2013, the Illinois legislature passed a carefully negotiated bill to permit and regulate horizontal hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law on June 17.

A year later, fracking hasn't started here because the state's Department of Natural Resources hasn't completed the rules to regulate it under the law.

No drilling, which means no jobs. Don't expect either to come soon. Read the Chicago Tribune editorial.