Yesterday, a high school classmate of former State Rep. and State Senator Roger Keats commented on the Illinois politician’s moving to Texas.
Another Florida expatriate left a comment that I would like to share more broadly.
Here’s his take on why people are leaving Illinois:
I’m a Florida ex-pat, too. Lived in Evanston, too. Graduated high school from ETHS, too.
And moved to McHenry County in 1980 to escape Crook County Politics, considered McHenry County my home.
In 2010, after having had enough of corrupt Illinois Democrats and the crooks running the state, I moved to Florida.
I “voted with my feet” as they say, just as many in Eastern Europe did before the Soviet Union imposed the “iron curtain” to contain the exodus.
The financial situation in Illinois is grave.
Illinois (says the Illinois State Bar Association’ and ABA) is fighting ex-pat residency of high wage earners, in order to retain their income taxes. Illinois is try claiming the income taxes of people who leave Illinois using any flimsy pretext they can find.
Like their Soviet Union/Communist cousins, today’s progressives and IL Democrats. deep down, abhor liberty.
The Constitution prohibits Illinois from forbidding people from leaving – so look for the state to do whatever they can to “stem the flow” of other people “voting with their feet,” or to otherwise retain the dollars these people will not longer be paying to Illinois.
Trying to challenge residency in order to tax “rich” ex-pats is just the opening gambit.
There’s a real, understandable, reason that Illinois is losing population to the sunbelt – and congressional representation.
It’s the CORRUPTION, STUPID!