Pension costs for state government workers reached an all-time high in 2016, consuming 25 percent of the state’s general budget.1 Today, more than $8 billion of the state’s yearly $32 billion budget goes to pay for pension costs, sapping tremendous amounts of money from social services for the developmentally disabled, grants for low-income college students, and aid to home...View Report
Half of Midwest out-migration losses are coming from Illinois, making it the only shrinking state in the region.
Misplaced priorities in education funding have driven students out of the state and skyrocketed tuition costs.
The U.S. Census Bureau released new migration data Dec. 20, and it’s frightening. Illinois has a massive people problem. From July 2015 to July 2016, the state’s population declined by more than 37,000 people. That’s the worst population loss in the nation, and will likely mean the loss of a seat in the U.S. House...
Illinois has record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016 as population shrinks by 37,500.
Millennial out-migration from the Land of Lincoln is worse than all its neighboring states.
In the majority of Illinois’ large cities, the number of people moving to another part of the country is greater than the combined gains from more births than deaths and international immigration.
Illinois has a stunning loss of 105,000 people to other states, causing population to shrink by 22,000.