Chicago Tribune: Illinois declines in population for fifth year in a row with more than 45,000 fewer residents

Mary Miller lived in Illinois for all of her 44 years until July, when she and her family left their north suburban Wauconda home to resettle in Florida.

“It’s taxes. It’s corruption. It’s politics,” she said. “And I don’t mean Republicans or Democrats, it’s all of them.”

Miller wasn’t alone in her departure from the state. Illinois has declined in population for the fifth year in a row, losing an estimated 45,116 residents from 2017 to 2018, according to the latest Census Bureau data released Wednesday.

That was a greater drop than the previous year, when Illinois lost about 40,000 people — as well as its spot as the fifth-largest state in the nation to Pennsylvania.

“It was hard to leave,” she said. “I anticipated dying in Illinois. There are good opportunities, but I think those opportunities are dwindling.”

The Land of Lincoln remains the sixth-largest state, with a population estimated at 12,741,080, but there has been a decrease of more than 100,000 residents since 2013, when the population hit almost 12.9 million, the census figures show.  Click here to read more.....