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Danielle
Frankfort, IL

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Sylvia
Urbana, IL

Cost of Living in Chicago - 10/19/2014

Chicago is a great place for entertainment and to be entertained. However it frightens people that would like to move there due to the high taxes and high crime rate. It has been said on television and the local news channel that Illinois is the number two state that people were moving out of. The only state that beat Illinois was New Jersey. That should say something to the corrupt politicians in Illinois.

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Jody
Homewood, IL

Illinois Politicians - 6/14/2014

Very simple: nearly every politician in the State of Illinois is a crook.

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Natalie
Maywood, IL

Re: So tired of Chicago winters - 4/18/2014

I have not done a lot of traveling but I live in the midwest and have not traveled from outside of it and now I am seeking a little warmth.

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Natalie
Maywood, IL

Re: So tired of Chicago winters - 4/18/2014

Hi, I was born and raised in Chicago (50 yrs young, so one would think that I have gotten use to the wishy-washy weather we have here, but I haven't. I have started having bouts of depressions right after summer because I know the brutal winter is coming SOON thereafter. My kids are pretty much grown and now its time for me to be concerned with me and ME wants to live someone where the climate is warmer. Yes, I've heard about the brutal spring & summer of Houston, but how does it stand up to the brutal winters of Chicago? I will soon find out. Looking to make a move to Houston into AFFORDABLE housing in an (apt, town-home or may also consider a small single family home). Preferably located in an area not overcome with poverty, crime and trashy neighborhoods, but definitely in a middle aged-settled, diverse/type non-racist area. I'm not looking for perfections, but I would like to feel safe in my surroundings and not have to pay an arm/leg to do so, I can't afford it anyway. I hear the cost of living is really nice in Houston, as compared to some of the other big cities. Anyone have any suggestions? Your honest opinions would be greatly appreciated, as I would like to move before Chicago's next winter sets in. Thanks.

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Felix
Peoria, IL

lake county, ill - 4/13/2014

Crime rate

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Chauncey
Bloomington, IL

Relocation - 4/12/2014

I really have nothing bad or good to say. I love where I am. I am moving only because of my job.

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Alexis
Oglesby, IL

Decisions decisions - 2/19/2014

Well there's not much to say about where I live. I dislike the state of Illinois its so corrupt. My husband and I are big outdoors folk. And here in this "wonderful" state we don't have much outdoors attractions/activities.

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Robert
Lisle, IL

Looking for a progressive leaning town in the Nort - 4/6/2013

Does any person have any referrals?

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jgdesigner
Lockport, IL

The Land of Lincoln is the Titanic! - 3/13/2013

Get out! I am.

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alexis
East Saint Louis, IL

WHAT - 10/25/2012

ITS NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK....

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michael
Peoria, IL

really? - 9/19/2012

nice

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Karen
Dundee, IL

treats its retirees well - 9/4/2012

Retired, long term resident who hates hot weather. Taxes are good here for retirees. No retirement income of any kind is subject to income tax. Sales tax on food/prescription meds 1 percent. Property taxes a bit high but state/local generous with exemptions for Seniors. Lots of stuff in lots of price ranges to do in the Chicago metro area where I live. Tuition free classes at community colleges.Politics are no worse at the local level than anywhere else.

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Angela
Joliet, IL

Tired of the struggle - 7/9/2012

I have been in Illinois for decades and both my husband and I are tired of the crooked politicians making money for themselves by cheating the people of the state. Our education system has gotten worse not better, the violence on every street city or suburb is out of control. We are looking at trying to leave the state as soon as possible.

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Vee
Tinley Park, IL

Ups and downs of Tinley Park, IL - 4/19/2012

Parts of Tinley are very nice. Real Estate - property taxes are high - Cook County. There are some good restaurants and good health clinics. They are free outdoor concerts and there is a sense of community. Good place to raise children -- good schools.

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Cheryl
Palatine, IL

Personal Income Taxes - 3/9/2012

The Personal Income Tax rate for the State of Illinois increased from 3% to 5% as of January 1, 2011. Sperling's Cost of Living figures for the state of Illinois are still calculated at the old 3% rate.

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Abhd
Bloomington, IL

General Comments - Central IL - 2/26/2012

I live in a mid-sized Central Illinois city (near Normal, IL) and have been an Illinois resident for 20+ years. The roads here are in total disrepair and have been for many years, our taxes are sky high ($3,500+ for a 2,000 sq. ft. condo with no land), the weather is extremely windy most of the time (even more than in Chicago) and there is not a lot to do. The mall is laughable as is most of the other "shopping." The only thing I like about central Illinois is that I can drive about 2.5 to get to other cities to do things (shopping, cultural activities, concerts, etc.)

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Linda
Peoria, IL

Bad-winters - 9/23/2011

Looking for a place warmer winters and less humidity.

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Debra
Champaign, IL

Winters are long and harsh - 8/31/2011

As a transplanted southerner, living with snow, ice, wind and sub-zero temperatures is extremely difficult. It usually starts to get cold in October and doesn't get consistantly warm again until mid-May.

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stef
Bourbonnais, IL

Looking to move - 5/16/2011

New to this. Family of 4 looking for better opportunities than here in Illinois.Looking for best place to start a new business and the best place to raise a family.

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Bp
Danville, IL

Response to comments about Danville Illinois - 3/3/2011

I grew up in Danville Illinois. Yes, the town has went down a whole lot but I think there are a number of factors that contributed to it. First of all, we could never get the HICK politicians to let buisnesses come in the town. I remember about 20 years ago a lot of businesses wanted to come in to Danville because it would be cost effective. Politicians and others fought it like a mad dog. For some reason in this country we always want to blame blacks or the poor for bad economic situations. Unfortunately, the rich run the country. USE YOUR HEAD. As long as you keep blaming the poor and blacks the rich can keep on doing what they want to do. When will blacks and poor whites learn that to get anywhere we are going to have to stick together.

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