posted on Feb, 16 2020 @ 12:58 PM
The state of Illinois loses approximately 90 resident a day. Multiply that by 365 and you get 32,850 people leaving the state each year. I believe
that to be a conservative number. Some estimate as many as 40,000 people leave the sorry state each year. In 2009 alone Illinois lost an estimated
$1.5 billion of net taxable income.
What is driving out residents? Failed public policies, a tax structure which has crushed many hard working peoples opportunity to move ahead. Stiff
regulatory restrictions on businesses with redundant policies existing only to drain money from entrepreneurs which could be better spent left in
private hands. Lack of affordable housing, with property way over priced only to be taxed at exorbitant rates.
The links below give information on where Illinois residents are taking themselves as well as some of the variety of reasons which push them to pack
up and leave. One of which is actually from United Van Lines based on the move rate which is quite high in relation to other dysfunctional states.
I was born and raised in California. My parents are from the Chicago area and left southern California to move back to where they had family and
escape the fiscal madness which was in full effect in California in the early 70's. The fiscal madness which has fully engulfed the state of Illinois
now and has been in the works for the better part of 40 years.
I remember thinking in the 80's how was the state going to be able to move forward when so many of our state legislators were writing laws which
would create what we have now, a fiscal crisis. ie; specifically creating a constitutional amendment which made lucrative pensions for public
employees de rigeur! without any opportunity to rework them or abolish them altogether - A fiscal crisis created by short sighted greedy politicians
out for themselves at the expense of their constituency.
I want out of this hell hole of a state! However I'm stuck here due to my wife having terminal cancer and interrupting her treatment is not an
option. so I am stuck here for now and envious of those with the freedom to leave. In fact we were in the process of buying a small farm in south
western Wisconsin when her current diagnosis was revealed to us.
I would love to hear other member opinions on this mess. I know ATS has quite a few of us from this sick state, like Edumakated, Carewemust, Kawrider,
to name a few. Do you think this mess can be corrected? Are we too far gone and living in a terminally blue state with all the blue state problems.
Progressive problems which get progressively worse as time goes on.
Is there an honest politician in this state whether local or federal. Need I remind folks this is the state of senators Dick (do nothing) Durbin and
Tammy Duckworth who are pandering idiots in my mind. I see absolutely nothing in the future for this state to right itself and unfortunately seems to
be the opinion of 30+ thousand who have seen fit to leave this sinking ship!