Every state surrounding Illinois — Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan — has experienced population gains over the past six or seven years. Why? Because folks are fleeing Illinois and its outrageous crime and tax increases.
Since the start of the current decade, Illinois has lost nearly 700,000 people. Illinois has dropped to sixth largest state in population, surrendering No. 5 to Pennsylvania. That’s bad news if you live in Illinois, but what’s worse: The trend is accelerating.