Illinois’ debt per student is the 11th highest of any state in the nation. It is almost 15 percent higher than the national average of $8,764.View Report
Illinois loses more millennial taxpayers and dependents to other states than any state except New York; this means Illinois’ distressed housing market is losing a big contingent of first-time homebuyers.
Cook County has lost nearly 50,000 black residents since the 2010 census, and the rate is accelerating.
Cook County’s population has dropped by 2,030 since 2011, driven by the out-migration of over 230,000 residents, on net.
Illinois’ credit rating spirals downward while residents flee to surrounding states with stronger economies and lower taxes.
Despite Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s spin, residents are fleeing Chicago, showing they feel they are better off elsewhere.
Middle class families are unwilling to live in a city where there aren’t enough jobs and the cost of living is too high.
While major headlines broke over news that Chicago was the only one of America’s largest 20 cities to shrink from July 2015 to July 2016, most of Illinois’ other cities with 50,000 people or more also lost population.
Illinois lost more millennial college students than any other state except New Jersey between 2000 and 2014, and Illinois’ loss of young people appears to be accelerating.
High property taxes in the Metro East region are fueling out-migration from the area.
Illinois had a record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016.