ILLINOIS (WCIA) — More than 45,000 people packed up and moved out of state last year. The trend isn’t new.
Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker says he wants to fix the massive out-migration problem. Compared to the year before, 15,000 more people left Illinois. One of the biggest reasons is money issues.
The state’s pension problem is growing worse almost daily. Pritzker’s got a transition team dedicated to fixing the state’s financial woes. He’s looking at marijuana, gambling and a progressive income tax as ways to generate new dollars.
Now that Democrats have control in both houses, things could go smoother. But, Republicans say it doesn’t mean good solutions.
Senator Barickman, of Bloomington, says he hopes Pritzker doesn’t make things worse with liberal policies.
Last year, lawmakers on both sides tried to address the surge of people leaving the state. A good chunk are college students. They passed a package of bills to make school more affordable and accessible for students.
An AARP study conducted this year shows two-thirds of voters are angry about the state’s finances. Nearly half say they’d consider moving out of state.
Thursday, Pritzker appointed several leaders to his administration. It includes former Comptroller Dan Hynes as a deputy director and Alexis Sturm as the next budget director. Sturms worked on fiscal policy in Springfield for more than 20-years. Right now, she’s the director of cash management and bond reporting for the comptroller’s office.