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Old 04-09-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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I'm not sure HOW the other 95% of Illinois is different because of Chicago.

Especially when you Dubuque, IA is closer to Chicago than Springfield, the capital. But whatever, I just don't understand how that makes ILLINOIS different.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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Iowa, I just love it!
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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I can't think of many cities that ring bells every twenty minutes, there is one that plays music in the town square, but that is also uncommon.....very uncommon!

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Bettendorf, IA
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Interesting responses. Iowa does not have a large major metropolitan area that sucks its state's resources dry. And, Iowa has better management/administrative capabilities than Illinois. While I don't believe any state will actually ever go bankrupt if any will it would be Illinois.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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Interesting responses. Iowa does not have a large major metropolitan area that sucks its state's resources dry.
Hmm I disagree. Look at health of Minnesotta or Wisconsin. But in Illinois pretty much anywhere you get outside Cook county boundaries your wallet gets little better

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And, Iowa has better management/administrative capabilities than Illinois.
I prefer getting license plates and registration from DMV where they issue driver's licenses, all in one place. Who likes to go to courthouse to get plates from county treasurer?

And I am not sure if IA handles personal income tax refunds better than IL. I just e-filed mine with IRS, Illinois and Iowa yesterday. Illinois and IRS already processed mine today morning. Iowa still hasn't processed mine yet.

And my co-worker told me in this state, it took 6-8 weeks for his refund to complete last year. And it was done electronically with authorization for direct deposit! And it still took that long! With e-file and direct deposit it should take no more than 1-2 weeks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Why the screen name change il_blguy87?
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Waukegan, IL
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Default Both Are Great.

I live in the Chicagoland area, I mean, it's great but the only problem that stands far out is Chicago itself. There are many things wrong with Chicago, especially how we have shootings literally every single day. I agree with most people — I'd rather live in Iowa. It's very peaceful out there; I've visited a lot of times. I wouldn't say there's anything wrong with Iowa, except the fact that they're sort of in Tornado Alley. In conclusion, Iowa is definitely the best place to live. =)
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Old 04-22-2017, 06:52 AM
 
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I won't even weigh in on Chicago. Iowa has nothing like it so will try to compare apples to apples here. Illinois and it's toll roads drove me nuts. I drove from Chicago to Des Moines and not only are the tolls crazy but it seems because it is a toll way there is very little to eat until you cross into Iowa.

The terrain seems about the same but it started to become a little more charming after crossing the Mississippi into the Iowa side. Every time I have gone through Illinois the people didn't seem to be the friendliest. Not sure if that is just my perception but this has been my experience over several decades.

The weather seemed to be a bit worse on the Illinois side and I am assuming the closer you get to the like the more nasty the winds get. Chicago is the windy city after all and in the winter time this distinction is not great.

I was looking to buy a house in the Des Moines metro area when I flew into Chicago and drove across. I can't say anything along the way made me think of buying in Illinois. If you like big cities sure Chicago wins and that isn't even in question but I think if you like small towns and the countryside then Iowa is probably a better place.

I did buy in the Des Moines area some am probably biased but I guess I am entitled to be as it is simply my opinion and nothing more. YMMV.

Out of curiosity is there a second city in Illinois that is known to be nice? Most states have a second city not as famous that is a hidden gem, what is that place in Illinois?
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Old 04-22-2017, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, AZ
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Why reopen a 5 year old thread?
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Old 04-22-2017, 05:04 PM
 
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