Demographics point to minorities making up an increasingly higher proportion of the state’s population.
The oldest part of the population is white, better educated and has a higher per capita income than the younger part.
As the age-race shift progresses, Latinos and African Americans will make up a much larger proportion of the workforce.
For a variety of reasons, to date, neither group has attained the education levels of whites…
If such differences persist, they will have a significant negative effect on the Illinois economy and state budget…
Where will this money come from if a large part of our future workforce has low levels of education and lower earnings?
This sounds a lot like the analysis that Governor Jim Thompson’s demographer came up with after the 1980 census.
Can’t remember the man’s name, but he also ran a Chinese restaurant on MacArthur Avenue.
He wrote an article for a scholarly journal saying that the ratio of taxpayers to tax dependents in Chicago was too low to save the city and that the question was whether the rest of the state could remain viable.
The Thompson PR folks wouldn’t let the article be submitted without that observation being removed.
That was over thirty years ago.
Guess we know the answer.