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Another family bids Illinois a fond farewell



Illinois is losing more and more taxpaying citizens as the Democrat-controlled Illinois General Assembly and the cooperating Democrat Governor JB Pritzker rack up higher and higher taxes, along with more and more restraints on personal freedoms. This faithful Illinois Review reader is the latest to bid Illinois farewell.

From the piece: "Staying in Illinois would mean paying more, receiving less, while giving up our liberty, constitutional rights, and quality of life. It would mean continued, unabated confiscation of what we have worked so hard to achieve…" 

Screen Shot 2019-06-24 at 12.16.00 PMBy Jeffrey Crane - 

Emancipated, at last!

As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and colleagues and wish all of you well. We will miss you all!

I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it. After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart. BUT enough is enough! I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life. But it is time to go where there is honest, competent and cost-effective government. We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets since the ballot box encourages more of the same. We, hence, will no longer participate.

Illinois loses another family that chooses to preserve their wealth and not have it constantly confiscated by government entities, self-enriching, power-hungry, controlling bureaucrats.

We live in the most corrupt big city, and in the most corrupt state in America. I am sick and tired of subsidizing these crooks and voters who cannot see the forest through the trees. A day rarely passes without an article about immense Illinois' corruption and incompetence. Our Cook County CORPORATE property tax system is intentionally corrupt. The Democrat State Party Chairman who is also the Speaker of the Illinois House and the most senior alderman in Chicago each make well over a million dollars a year putting the fix in for their clients' tax assessments while the rest of the property owners are left holding the bag.

“From democracy tyrants have borrowed the art of making war upon the notables and destroying them secretly or openly, or of exiling them because they are rivals and stand in the way of their power; and also because plots against them are contrived by men of this class, who either want to rule or to escape subjection.” – Aristotle

We seek to escape the subjection of Illinois' ruling class made up of Republican and Democrat operatives that have but one cause, and that is political preservation to which they benefit at the expense of those that they are elected to represent.

Staying in Illinois would mean paying more, receiving less, while giving up our liberty, constitutional rights, and quality of life. It would mean continued, unabated confiscation of what we have worked so hard to achieve.

The "Land of Lincoln" would be wise to pay tribute to the man who once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

Yet, here we are. Illinois becomes the most controlled, corrupt, dictatorial state in the union. On every metric, it fails its citizens.

Finally, we will miss our hometown, Downers Grove, a place where we spent 24 years and raised our daughter. What was once a sleepy town upon our arrival is now a vibrant community that should be the envy of the state. Downers Grove governance has always been top drawer and could be emulated at the state level if Illinois’ leadership were ever to seriously address the states imposing fiscal and political issues. Unfortunately, history dictates there’s little hope in that occurrence!

And so, we bid you adieu, Illinois.

Jeffrey Crane and his family are moving to North Carolina from Downers Grove, Illinois – located in DuPage County. He posted the above on his Facebook page Monday, and granted Illinois Review permission to reprint and share with our readers. 


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  1. Unfortunately different examples like this story can be told almost every hour in Illinois as people, wealth and jobs will go where they are treated best. Illinois is now the worst taxing state in America and our new administration has been approving plans of more taxation. The increased taxes won’t keep up with the out migration if something isn’t done and all this taxation in an effort to save a state pension that we have no chance of saving without restructuring the pension system.
    I’ve built many companies in Illinois over the past 30 years and have friendships with hundreds of small, medium and large business leaders. 15 years ago almost none of these leaders were talking about uprooting to another state, in 2019 more than 60% of them are strategically planning their exit now or within 5 years. We must compete with the rest of America again if we don’t want to lose our state to a bankrupt environment.
    God Bless the great state of Lincoln and God Bless those who have the backbone to stand up to the bad decisions of the past.

  2. This man nailed it square on the head. I wish he and his family Godspeed and all the best in NC. My wife and I are in our forties. Residents of Menard County. We have discussed leaving so many times. It would be a very difficult transition and move, but the consequences of staying are much greater. Illinois has been our home for forty four years.