Still Leaving Illinois: An Exodus of People and Money

Illinois once was a magnet for people in pursuit of the American Dream. People from across the country and around the world flocked to Chicago. Parents willingly took the risk of uprooting their families because they believed that Illinois offered better opportunities. Times have changed. For more than a decade, more people have moved out of Illinois than have moved in. Between 1995 and 2009, Illinois has lost people on a net basis to other states at a rate of 1 person every 10 minutes. In 2009 alone, Illinois lost more than 40,000 people to other states. In total, the most recent federal tax filings show that Illinois has netted a loss of residents to 42 states.

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