Speaking of re-locating, the Gallup Organization has produced a poll that I find disheartening:
PRINCETON, NJ — Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures, but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so. Maryland is a close third, at 47%. By contrast, in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine, just 23% say they would like to relocate. Nearly as few — 24% — feel this way in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas.
This is hardly surprising. Illinois has the third highest unemployment rate among the states (only Nevada and Rhode Island are higher), a phlegmatic economy, is a fiscal basket case, manifest political corruption, and the lowest state contribution to education of any state.
Illinois is not a destination state like California or Florida or even North Carolina or New York. People come here to work:
Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders…
Carl Sandburg didn’t celebrate Chicago for the climate or for the sights but for working. Recent mayors have concentrated more on making Chicago a place where people like themselves would want to live. We need to make it a place where ordinary Chicagoans would want to live.
Things are not likely to get better in Illinois without some pretty drastic change. If people want change, they’ve got to change the people they want. We’ll get nowhere re-electing the same crooks year after year.
Meanwhile, people are discouraged and those who can will vote with their feet.