Growing up, if you would’ve asked me to leave Chicago I would have called you crazy, but to be honest… maybe I am the crazy one? The state of Illinois has lost over 33,700 residents from July 2016 to July 2017 and the stats continue to fall like bricks. We have recently lost our spot on the fifth most populated state in the country to Pennsylvania. Illinois has been recognized as one of the ten most expensive states in the U.S. alongside states like Hawaii, New York, and California. So why is Illinois experiencing a decline of residents? …

Luis A. Valentine

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