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Old 12-30-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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If Illinois can get its finances in order, I think it will be okay. Chicago is a world-class city no matter how often it's attacked by conservatives. The rest of the state is no different than rural America everywhere- it's struggling and probably will for the foreseeable future.
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Great post. I'd love to see Illinois hit it's stride. I have family and friends up that way.
Yeah, and there are actually a number of nice things in Illinois outside of Chicagoland with good potential as well.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Yeah, and there are actually a number of nice things in Illinois outside of Chicagoland with good potential as well.
Curious, what things? I'm not so familiar with Illinois. I hear the college towns are doing okay. But I also hear Peoria and moreover Rockford are not doing so hot, then the Quad Cities seem to be stagnant.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Curious, what things? I'm not so familiar with Illinois. I hear the college towns are doing okay. But I also hear Peoria and moreover Rockford are not doing so hot, then the Quad Cities seem to be stagnant.
Well I said there are both nice places and places with a lot of potential. I was just there this past week, and the expansion of breweries and nice restaurants in central Illinois is pleasantly surprising. Bloomington's doing alright; Champaign is arguably doing the best in Illinois when it comes to population growth rate. Peoria's location has tons of potential and is probably one of the more scenic settings of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. The rail (passenger especially) and expressway infrastructure are nicely developed, way more so than neighboring states. There are some really nice areas of the Metro East (especially around Edwardsville), and there's even light rail in the Metro East that more developed/growing cities don't have anything resembling. If STL ever turns a corner, those areas are logical locations for continued development.
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