From the office of Steve Reick:
Illinois Loses 88,000 People During Economic Recovery
The U.S. Census’s ongoing study of American population growth and movement patterns indicates that Illinois’ population is shrinking in size.
The Land of Lincoln has about 88,000 fewer people than in 2013.
Should these trends continue, Illinois will be on track to relinquish at least one and possibly two congressional districts after the 2020 census.
Illinois currently has 18 U.S. representatives, down from 26 as recently as 1953.
Illinois’ shrinking population is attributed to high taxes, disproportionate non-tax burdens on employment such as workers’ compensation and the cost of medical care, and an increasingly aggressive eagerness by other states to develop a pro-business climate.
A study in 2016 by the nonpartisan Paul Simon Institute found that nearly half of the Illinoisans surveyed expressed a desire to leave Illinois.
For many other states, including neighboring states such as Iowa and Wisconsin, this percentage is below 10%.