(Springfield, IL)  Illinois’ population continues to flee to other states. US Census data shows that nearly 114-thousand people left the state so far in 2021, third highest in the nation in terms of raw numbers behind New York and California…but second only to New York in terms of percentage. For the state, it’s the 8th straight year of population loss, with only West Virginia suffering a longer streak of out migration…at 9 straight years.

Tim Vander Tuuk, WXLC News (12-22-21)