Imagine if everyone in Peoria pick up and moved out of the state. Leaving no one behind. That would equal the number of people who fled Illinois in a year.
Or if Illinois has lost the equivalent of the entire population of the state's ten largest cities outside of Chicago: Gone are Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Champaign and Arlington Heights. That would equal the number of people who deserted Illinois since 2000.
Put that way, these are startling numbers that are explored in an excellent article by Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute. Among the other troubling stats: Illinois is the only stat in the region to lose population for three straight years and Illinois could fall behind Pennsylvania in population.
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