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Half of Illinois Wants to Leave, But There Are Reasons to Stay

If half of Illinoisans want to leave the state, does the state have any redeeming qualities that might help make the residents stay?

A Gallup poll last week showed 50 percent of Illinoisans would like to leave the state. When such a large segment of a state's population shares that sentiment, what does it say about the state? 

Nothing good, let's put it that way.

But a contributor to Forbes, himself a resident of Illinois, believes Illinois has some redeeming quality-of-life factors that residents can't get elsewhere. Would you agree?

CHECK OUT THE RECAP OF ILLINOIS' REDEEMING QUALITIES HERE

Meanwhile, some people leave Illinois because they make it big elsewhere, such as Hollywood or Washington D.C. That's what happened with some of the people on our list of 10 famous Illinoisans who you may not have known were born in Illinois. 

CHECK OUT THE LIST HERE

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RELATED - A COUNTERPOINT: Why do some of our state's most fortunate citizens hate Illinois? By Matt Flamm, Palatine Township Democratic committeeman

Jan May 06, 2014 at 11:57 PM
The state has misspent, overspent, and has no clue how to handle money. And yet they have the brass gonads to ask for more. 2 terms and they're out, never to run for that position again - from dog catcher to governor. But WE have allowed it to happen. We complain to each other without ever actually contacting the elected official with what we're thinking. If we don't tell them, we give them free rein to do whatever they want.
Dan Cox May 07, 2014 at 06:08 AM
Jan, Sorry, but telling them is simply not enough... unless you mean by voting them out after every two terms. Now that is a language they will have to understand!
jim May 07, 2014 at 09:12 AM
If you ever read articles either on what the elected officials on the state level or local level. You will find that various groups large or small go before the politicians and tell there needs. And they just pass it out like candy. W ether amount is large or small it all adds up. EVANSTON CITY COUNCIL is really guilty of this.
Bernard Johnson May 27, 2014 at 12:51 AM
The best legislature in Illinois is one that's not in session. If the Founding Fathers and drafters of the assorted state's constitutions failed in any respect the one THING they never envisioned was a professional politician! Whether on the federal, state, county, township or municipal level, government needs to be limited [not eliminated, but, limited]. This means term limits, to start with. The longer one is in office the more empire building that takes place and 'seniority' under the current system brings disproportionate 'clout.' Dynastic families in Illinois have wrecked havoc on the democratic process: the Daley's, Cullerton's, Madigan's, etc. Overlapping adminisrative entities in Illinois desperately need to be eliminated {water, sanitation, school-boards, etc}, Townships should be eliminated - they're antiquated concepts and have outgrown/outlasted any justification for their existence. Taxing-authorities must be shrunk! Illinois has the most taxing-authorities of any state in the Union - nearly 7,000; some states have under 100. In short, we've entirely too much government in Illinois. Volume certainly doesn't equate to quality and bigger - in this instance, isn't better! While we certainly need and want government, we also need and want far less of it, and what we do need is both efficiency and transparency. Consolidate government, abandon defined-benefit pension plans for public employees, streamline adminisration and taxing-authorities, and both impose term-limits and prohibit patronage. While we're at it, combine all public transportation in the state under one administrative entity and forget about both an airport in Peotone and/or the Illiana-highway. Only through profound shrinkage of what passes as 'government' in Illinois can we hope to avoid this state becoming one big Detroit. We need well educated and independent managers, along with a well educated civil service. Out with the hacks and in with the professional administrators. Also, shorten the legislative sessions. We might even make 'our' elected positions part-time. Say, while we're at it; how about making double and/or triple-dipping illegal and preclude those 'working' in elected office from having outside jobs at the same time? You know, folks like Mike Madigan - who acts not only as Speaker of the House in Illinois, but, has a profoundly lucrative law practice for real-estate tax appeals. I mean, what's up with that!

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