Face reality in Illinois

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

An interesting letter to the editor appeared recently, stating that many of the people living in this state would move if given the opportunity.

As a native of this state and someone who lived here for 55 years before my husband and I moved to South Carolina and then to Indiana before returning to Illinois in 2011, I now realize that we do have choices. Moving out of Illinois would be a prudent financial decision.

I was born and raised in the Chicago area. My husband and I raised our family here, and every time I flew over the Chicago skyline when I visited I would have tears in my eyes. I have spent all but seven years of my life here.

But when you have experienced the financial freedom of living in a state where the budget is balanced, the property taxes are one-tenth to less than one-half of what they are here, you start to think. The price of gas here is among the highest in the nation because of taxes. Many people I know have left or will leave.

Anyone who criticizes Texas Gov. Rick Perry for encouraging Illinois businesses to move to his state is simply not facing reality. They can bury their heads in the sand, but when people legitimately weigh the options of living in another state, Illinois wouldn’t come out near the top. And it’s not only because of the weather.

We need our elected officials to wake up.

Melanie Horn

Lakewood

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