Loss of Illinois residents worries legislative leader

Written By tfrisbie Posted: 04/23/2014, 04:03pm

Are too many people moving out of Illinois?

This week, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno said there are.

“To me that is one of the most alarming statistics that we have right now because we are No. 2 in the country for people leaving our state,” she told the Sun-Times Editorial Board on Tuesday.  “Why is that? There is a lot of theory about that, but at the end of the day, what we have been doing is causing people to leave. We need to do something to keep them.”

Illinois had a net loss of nearly 40,000 people between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, according to U.S. Census data released in January.

Radogno said a University of Illinois study concluded that most of the people who leave are doing so to find jobs. Many of them are in their 30s or 40s, and are taking their families with them, she said.  Others leave because they want to retire to a warmer state, she said.

Radogno also cited two business-friendly priorities she said could help businesses in the state provide jobs.

“The top one is to stabilize,” she said. “Let us not talk about a new tax every other day. Workers comp reform is [also] something I hear about from businesses across the state.”

According to the 36th annual study by United Van Lines released earlier this year, most of the 10 states that had the highest outward migrations were in the Northeast or Great Lakes regions.

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