McPhillips blames Illinois exodus on out-of-control taxes
Laurie McPhillips trembles to think what Illinois' population might be if it weren't for strong family ties.
“The only thing that keeps people in Illinois these days is family,” McPhillips, a Plainfield Republican vying to become Will County's clerk, told the Will County Gazette. “Otherwise, these out-of-control taxes would have even more people leaving the state.”
As it is, data recently released by the Census Bureau shows Illinois has now slipped to the nation’s sixth most populous state, falling behind Pennsylvania as the state’s out-migration exodus continues.
The Illinois Policy Institute reports the dip in numbers represents the worst decline of any other state and the third-worst decline across the country in terms of percentages. Overall, 33,700 people left Illinois during a yearlong period commencing in July 2016.
Researchers also noted that at a time when all of the area’s neighboring states are experiencing population growth, Illinois’ decline represents the fourth straight year the state has trended downward in that category.
“I’ve spent my whole life in Illinois and it’s very disappointing to see the way leadership in Springfield has us going in the wrong direction,” McPhillips said. “We need fresh faces with fresh ideas to get us out of this rut.”
McPhillips is vying to replace retiring Nancy Schultz Voots as Will County's clerk. She said one of her biggest motivators is trying to preserve the high standards of integrity she feels the office has always managed to carve out for itself.
“No matter what was happening in state government, you could always trust the election process in the Will County clerk’s office because it wasn’t a political office,” she said. “You had people who really knew how to run that office and I want to maintain that standard.”
As for the state, McPhillips said she also holds out hope for the future – provided state lawmakers are willing to take tough stances and make the right decisions.
“We need to get a handle on property taxes,” she said. “We need a system like in Indiana and other places where property taxes are now capped.”