From The Desk Down State
January 15, 2020
The state’s population decline continues to be a cause for concern as Illinois enters a new decade with nearly 160,000 fewer residents. Our state ended 2019 with the largest population loss in the country, according to newly released census data.
Despite being one of the most populous states in the nation, Illinois has continuously declined in population over the years underscoring the need for lawmakers to address the reasons for the continued outmigration of residents and employers, such as Illinois’ disproportionately high property tax burden and unfriendly business climate.