Craig Wilcox, a District 32 candidate for the Illinois Senate, says a triple threat of high taxes, underemployment and bleak prospects are driving residents to leave the state.
“People realize other states provide friendlier environments for them to live and work, and they have been migrating from Illinois at an alarming pace,” Wilcox, a retired Air Force colonel, told the McHenry Times.
His comments came after a recent poll from the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois-Springfield and NPR Illinois found 53 percent of Illinois residents have thought about leaving the state. Fourteen percent have a negative opinion of state government.
The most urgent need, according to Wilcox, involves capping property taxes at 1 percent of a home’s value, and implementing a flat income tax system that is competitive with nearby states.
“The only way for Illinois to remain competitive is to make a concerted effort to reduce the tax burdens that have led to this exodus of residents,” he said. “Also, every other avenue that the state uses to nickel-and-dime residents must be re-evaluated to ensure the state is doing everything possible to keep families and businesses here in Illinois.”