While every state around it continues to grow in population and prosperity, Illinois keeps shrinking under the strain of higher taxes and more regulations, Michael Lucci, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, said in an article on the institute's website.
Illinois’ average personal income growth since the Great Recession is tied with Nevada for the worst in the country, according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts recently published on the Illinois Policy Institute website.
Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pleas for unity on Tuesday night, Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) told the McHenry Times that he won't vote for a state budget from either party that maintains the status quo.
The chances that Illinois will reach a budget before May 31 and avoid seeing its bond rating lowered to the worst of any state in history are 50-50 at best, according to Mark Glennon, founder of the business and government website WirePoints told the Sangamon Sun recently.
McHenry County was one of the 10 Illinois counties seeing the greatest loss of residents moving to other states between July 2015 and July 2016, according to a U.S. Census chart tweeted by an independent public policy group recently.