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Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Recognizes ‘Illinois Diaspora’

“You mean that oft-repeated yarn about the state’s population loss being predominantly due to residents being fed up with our winters and moving to warmer destinations like Florida and Arizona isn’t true?”

Survival And Prosperity post yesterday afternoon regarding 86,000 Illinoisans “escaping” to Wisconsin from 2006 to 2015 (hat-tip Illinois Policy Institute)

I had to chuckle when I spotted the following on the Chicago Tribune website this afternoon. The Tribune Editorial Board penned last night:

Property taxes here are among the highest in the nation. And certain parts of the state aren’t just jobs deserts, they’re becoming depopulated deserts. More people moved away from Illinois during the last two years than from any other state in the country. Many moved to other Midwestern states. So don’t repeat the lie that it’s the weather.

Here’s what else a prospective employer sees in Illinois: No state budget in nearly two years. A credit rating nearing junk status. Inability to pay bills as they come due, a basic definition of insolvency. And political impasse in the General Assembly. An attempt at compromise legislation to get a budget passed hit a snag in the Senate on Wednesday. Senators, keep working…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Great minds think alike?

Nope. Not at all. Just very concerned Illinois residents who have arrived at the same conclusion regarding where this is all heading if Springfield and voters can’t get their act together. Like, yesterday.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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86,000 Illinois Residents Escaped To Wisconsin From 2006 To 2015

Any Chicagoland readers remember that major Wisconsin tourism push years ago which suggested Illinois residents “Escape To Wisconsin”?

Apparently, tens of thousands of Illinoisans took them up on that offer.

And never returned.

The “Illinois Diaspora” continues.

From the website of the Illinois Policy Institute, a Chicago-based non-partisan research organization that works “to make Illinois first in economic outlook and job creation,” on February 2:

Illinois suffered a net loss of more than 11,000 people to Wisconsin in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s the equivalent of more than 31 Illinoisans becoming Wisconsinites on a daily basis.

Illinoisans have routinely relocated to the Badger State over the past decade. During the 10-year period from 2006 through 2015, Illinois lost almost 86,000 people on net to Wisconsin. That’s an average net loss of nearly 9,000 people per year and almost 24 per day.

Illinois’ population losses aren’t the norm in the Midwest. In fact, the Land of Lincoln is the only state in the region with a shrinking population, and half of the Illinoisans who left in 2015 relocated to other Midwestern states

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

You mean that oft-repeated yarn about the state’s population loss being predominantly due to residents being fed up with our winters and moving to warmer destinations like Florida and Arizona isn’t true?

Madelyn Harwood offered up an informative comparison between the two Midwestern states in support of her statement that “It’s easy to see why Wisconsin is an attractive alternative to Illinois.”

Head on over to the Illinois Policy Institute website here to read the entire piece.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 Demographics, Population No Comments

Chicago Fast Becoming Undisputed ‘Gang Capital Of America,’ Needs More Police On Streets

“Illinois is number one per capita in gang membership for population. We have more gang members in our state, it is a long-term economic threat to our future.”

-U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), in a phone interview with the Chicago Sun-Times that appeared on their website on March 15, 2013

Last Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the “Chicago Plays” Playground Program, where the Chicago Park District will rebuild, repair, and refurbish 300 playgrounds in neighborhoods across the city over the next five years using capital funds.

On Saturday, the Mayor announced more city dollars will be used to develop seven targeted Chicago neighborhoods through a new “Opportunity Planning” initiative.

Now, these sound like terrific projects. However, as Chicago is increasingly-seen as being a “war zone” these days, posing a real threat to the local economy (tourism, businesses) and the retention of residents, wouldn’t it make more sense that municipal funds are concentrated on combating violent crime first?

A serious effort to address the manpower shortage in the Chicago Police Department is probably a good place to start, with more cops on the streets (paid via overtime) possibly contributing to the historically-low number of murders in Chicago last month.

Otherwise, should crime be allowed to run rampant, the proposed developments may end up being pointless and those rebuilt, repaired, refurbished playgrounds might be empty, save for some gangbangers watching over their turf.

And Chicago has plenty of those around these days.

Consider the following from the website of Chicago Crime Commission, an independent, non-partisan, civic watchdog organization of business leaders dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of organized criminal activity, especially organized crime and street gangs. Talking about their recent publication, The Gang Book 2012, a comprehensive compilation of data and information concerning street gangs in the Chicagoland area, the Commission said:

There are an estimated 70 to 100 gangs in the Chicago metropolitan area with a membership of between 68,000 to over 150,000.

“Over 150,000”

Back on March 2, 2011, I blogged about DEA and local law enforcement estimates of there being over 100,000 gang members and 75 to 100 street gangs in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Speaking of the Commission and their book, there’s this from Wikipedia:

The newly released Chicago Crime Commission publication, “The Gang Book 2012”, conveyed the statistic that Chicago has more gang members than any other city in the United States: 150,000 members. Traditionally Los Angeles County has been considered the Gang Capital of America, with an estimated 120,000 (41,000 in the City) gang members.

Chicago has a higher rate of gang membership per capita than Los Angeles. The state of Illinois has a higher rate of gang membership (8-11 gang members per 1,000 population) than California (5-7 gang members per 1,000 population).

Sounds like Chicago is making good progress in wrenching away the title of “Gang Capital of America” from L.A.

I hear it being said more and more these days:

Chicago has a gang problem, not a gun problem.

I have a feeling City Hall realizes this already- but won’t take significant action on it for a number of reasons.

In which case, Chicago should prepare itself for becoming the undisputed “Gang Capital of America,” and eventually realizing that economic threat- among others- which Senator Kirk warned about.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 Crime, Firearms, Fiscal Policy, Government, Main Street, Population, Public Safety, Security, Self-Defense, Tourism Comments Off on Chicago Fast Becoming Undisputed ‘Gang Capital Of America,’ Needs More Police On Streets

32,000 Residents Depart Cook County, Illinois, In 2012

Lots of people leaving Cook County, Illinois, these days. Art Golab reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night:

Cook County’s population grew by 17,000 people in 2012, about .3 percent — but much of that gain came from immigrants, according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.

The figures showed that about 32,000 more domestic residents moved out of Cook County than moved in. But a net increase of 17,000 immigrants, along with a high ratio of births over deaths, contributed to an overall gain for the county.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Hispanic immigrants and more babies helped reverse last year a longer trend of declining population in the county. William Mullen reported on the Chicago Tribune website back on March 24, 2011:

While still the country’s third largest city, Chicago was the only one among the top 10 cities in 2010 to have lost population over the previous decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Likewise, Cook County, the nation’s second most populous county after Los Angeles, is the only one of 2010’s 10 largest counties to have lost population since the 2000 census. Chicago lost about 200,000 residents in the past 10 years and Cook County was down by 182,000.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

No reason was given as to why all these people are leaving Cook County.

But I have a pretty good idea as to what a number of them might say.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Golab, Art. “Cook County’s population up .3%, mostly because of immigrants: Census.” Chicago Sun-Times. 13 Mar. 2013. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/18837221-418/cook-countys-population-up-3-mostly-because-of-immigrants-census.html). 14 Mar. 2013.

Mullen, William. “Second City still 3rd largest despite losing 200,000 residents.” Chicago Tribune. 24 Mar. 2011. (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-24/news/ct-met-chicago-census-drop-20110324_1_population-list-second-city-fastest-growing-county). 14 Mar. 2013.

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 Demographics, Population 2 Comments

Chicago Area Residents Moving Away

Last week, I spotted an article with an interesting headline on the Forbes website. It was “Where Americans Are Moving.” Considering the mainstream media has been trotting out stories of people moving back to the city recently, one might think that traditional urban centers like New York City, Los Angeles, and my hometown of Chicago might be big draws these days.

Nope.

Joel Kotkin wrote on November 27 about the results of a recent analysis of domestic migration for the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas by demographer Wendell Cox. From the piece:

How about the biggest losers? From 2000-09, the metropolitan areas that suffered the biggest net domestic migration losses resemble something of an urbanist dream team: New York, which saw a net outflow of a whopping 1.9 million citizens, followed by the Los Angeles metro area (-1,337,522), Chicago, Detroit, and, despite recent improvements, San Francisco-Oakland. The raw numbers make it clear that California has lost its appeal for migrants from other parts of the U.S., and has become an exporter of people and talent (and income).

And despite the cheap money Bernanke-Geithner policies of the past few years that have benefited giant banks centered in the bluest big cities, people continue to leave these areas. The 2010-11 numbers show the deck chairs on the migratory titanic have stayed remarkably similar, with New York still ranking first among the 51 biggest metro areas for net migration losses, followed by Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and Philadelphia. In most of these cases only immigration from abroad, and children of immigrants, have prevented a wholesale demographic decline.

So where are Americans moving to these days? One state in particular is the big winner in this category. Let me give you a hint. Think of a yellow rose.

You can read the entire Forbes piece here on their website to see if the large metropolitan area near you is where Americans are calling home these days.

Or from where residents are moving away, like here in the Windy City.

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