Illinois is Tops Again… In Foreclosures, Fleeing Citizens

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois has surged in some of those wonderful categories that help us rate the success of a state’s economy and general desirability for quality of life. And, as in most categories, Illinois marks in the highest ranks of the lowest ratings. Thanks to the Democrats, Illinois is among the best of the worst.

Take the new list by United Van Lines where the moving company rates which states that people are fleeing in the most numbers. Guess which state is tops in the list of those state losing the most citizens the fastest? Yup, Illinois.

In fact, most of the top-10 states people are leaving are located in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions, including Illinois (60%), New York (58%), Michigan (58%), Maine (56%), Connecticut (56%) and Wisconsin (55%). According to Stoll, this reflects a consistent trend of migration from the Frost Belt to the Sun Belt states based on a combination of causes.

And why is this? The economy, of course.

The economy has been a major push factor for residents in the Frost Belt, particularly those in hard-hit areas like Michigan. “They had a terrific excess of people as a result of the collapse of the economy,” says Stoll. Detroit, the state’s largest city, has the highest metropolitan unemployment rate in the U.S. At 20%, it more than doubles the national average.

Government collapse, job loss, budgetary suicide…

There is one other main factor involved here, too. All those states have been controlled by Democrats for many decades (with only Michigan just starting to find the GOP coming back to power).

What else does that mean? All these states have been Obama strongholds.

Another way that Illinois ranks as the best of the worst is in home loss. Foreclosures in Illinois are at a worse pace than most other states.

Of the 25 states where foreclosure activity rose in 2012, 20 of them are judicial states, where foreclosures are handled by local court systems. Illinois is among those states, and in 2012, foreclosure activity in the state rose 33 percent from 2011.

So, where does Illinois fit in there? Bottom five, of course.

In Illinois, 2.58 percent of homes received a foreclosure filing last year, meaning it had the fifth highest state foreclosure rate in the nation in 2012. The four states ahead of Illinois were Florida, where 3.11 percent of properties received a foreclosure filing, followed by Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, said RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for distressed properties.

This is all nothing new, though. Illinois ranks as one of the worst states in the Union on almost every level.

In fact, we even have one of the worst governors in the nation.

Here is a handy-dandy list of Quinn’s and the Democrat’s major failures:

Way to go Illinois, that’s quite an accomplishment.

(H/T Marathon Pundit for United Van Lines story)

About Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.
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