Jillian Bernas said the fourth consecutive year of population decline shows the dire need for policy reform.
Responding to the recent Illinois Policy report “Illinois Loses Title of the 5th Largest State to Pennsylvania,” which revealed Census Bureau data showing a decline of 33,700 people from 2016 to 2017, the Republican House candidate said the staggering statistics are similar to those in her hometown of Schaumburg and in the surrounding area.
“The numbers show that millennials are leading Illinois’ out-migration and that neighboring states are the benefactors of this out-migration,” Bernas, who garnered 44.7 percent of the vote in an unsuccessful run against against Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) in 2016, said. “Therefore, I reject the theory that this is just retirees leaving for warmer weather. These are young families looking to build a life in Illinois and being pushed out.”
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