With recent census data showing Chicago's population shrank for the third year in a row, a McHenry County board member running for state Senate said the cause isn't difficult to find.
Craig Wilcox, who represents District 4 on the McHenry County board and is running to represent Illinois state Senate District 32, pointed the finger directly at Springfield.
"This exodus that has plagued 80 percent of Illinois' most populous cities is an indictment on the failed leadership and philosophy that is guiding the state's leading lawmakers down in Springfield," he told the McHenry Times. "I will strive to maintain a commanding voice in the state Senate to fight to reverse these damaging policies and to advocate for policies that entice families and businesses to Illinois, as opposed to those that have created the conditions for people to flee."
By contrast, his opponent in the Senate District 32 race, Democrat Mary Mahady, McHenry Township assessor, would continue efforts with the state’s powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) that created those conditions, Wilcox said.
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