Poll: Half of Illinoisans would leave if they could

Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures, but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so. Maryland is a close third, at 47%. By contrast, in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine, just 23% say they would like to relocate. Nearly as few — 24% — feel this way in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas.

Residents leaving Illinois

Illinois is the 2nd Worst State for Business 2014

by JP Donlon
State GDP

  • % Growth ’11-’12: 1.9
  • % Growth ’11-’12 v. Nat’l Avg. (2.5%): -0.6


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2013 %: 8.6
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (6.70%): 1.9

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration 2013: -67,313
  • Rank: 49

State Government

  • State Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’13 ($): 5,569
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 503.1

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 10.2%
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.9%): 0.34%

Development Trend Indicator

Negative Anti-growth hot mess can only coast on Chicago’s economic engine for so long.

Chicago makes it ridiculously difficult to start a new business


The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation put together a little pamphlet looking at municipal business regulations in 10 major American cities. They combine all the information into a somewhat arbitrary aggregate index, but some of the specific findings are striking. For example, if you want to start a professional services business in Chicago you are basically facing a dystopian nightmare.

Chicago also makes this relatively expensive with $900 in permitting fees, but New York charges even more — $1,306.