During the mid to late seventies, my sales territory consisted of Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky. I watched downtowns board up all over Illinois, as factories closed and moved their production to “Right to Work” and low taxation states, mostly in the southern U.S. Most people couldn’t move very easily, because there was no market for their houses, nor could they pay their mortgages. They were stuck. The economy was shrinking, because Illinois wasn’t then and isn’t now, a good environment for business. After nine years, my family and I moved to Texas. Best move I ever made.