It should be no surprise that Illinois has seen its seventh straight year of declining population, and the largest drop since the end of World War II. Beyond the high taxes and government bureaucracy, the state’s population center of Cook County is becoming a much more dangerous place, and if residents can leave, many of them are choosing to do so.
Illinois Policy reports that 235,000 residents have fled the state since 2010, with nearly 80,000 departing just in 2020. According to the think tank, nearly half of all residents say they’ve thought about moving out of the state, and while taxes are the number one reason given, crime is also a driving concern for many still living in Illinois.
Cook County had a record high 970 homicides last year, which is undoubtably causing many residents to be more concerned for their own personal safety. In a perfect storm of government incompetence, however, even as the body count is rising, law-abiding citizens are finding it impossible to legally get a gun to protect themselves.