The Census Bureau is scheduled to announce the state’s population counts on Tuesday.
From this it should be clear that Illinois’ share of the national people count declined.
The decline will result in one less U.S. House Representative for Illinois and one less vote in the Electoral College.
Ohio is expected to lose two.
The shift in population is towards red states and the Republicans will end up gaining quite a few House seats in the 2012 election and in the Electoral College voting.
Texas is expected to be one of the big winners. Arizona and Utah will each pick up a House seat while Iowa, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania will lose one.
The shift will be from blue states to red states.
For the first time, California won’t gain a seat.
And, if the Democrats in Springfield decide to raise taxes a lot, Illinois’s population may be at a high water mark.