The place we call home is changing.
New U.S. Census Bureau data shows Illinois had nearly 10,000 fewer residents in 2014 than in the previous year – the largest numerical decline of any state in the nation and the first statewide population dip since the mid-1980s.
And, if not for the steady growth of the Hispanic sector from 2010 to 2014, the population of Illinois would have plummeted by nearly 80,000 people.
So what’s a state to do? Well, here are a few ideas: Free land to skilled workers willing to relocate. Subsidized mortgage rates for newly minted college grads who forgo big-city life and return to their hometowns. Paid moving costs and tax breaks for young adults taking jobs at local industries.