Illinois Is Setting Examples in All the Worst Ways
Illinois is a struggling state and everyone knows that. From violence in Chicago to the gridlock in Springfield, it would seem the state is broken. Of course the state still runs at the expense of taxpayers dollars, which are left to carry on when all else appears to be failing. The state may be the first state to rank as junk for their investment grade as congress pushes into year three of no budget. Setting records no one desires.
Violence In Chicago
Violence has reached epidemic proportions, yet we all keep going about our days as if nothing is wrong. According to ABC7Chicago.com, 102 people were shot, 15 fatally in the city on the Fourth of July weekend. The President is sending federal help yet nothing appears to be changing. Put the blame where you will but change needs to happen. Innocent people are dying and safety is subpar at best. Sure, I have an outsiders perspective given I do not live in the city, but it doesn’t take much to understand the trouble Chicago is in.
The government has yet to agree on a budget, but that seems to be more likely as the days progress. Publicly funded groups and clubs are closing and struggling as the Illinois government fights to agree on a budget. This is destroying the state in an epic way, leading to the stoppage of the Powerball Lottery. It’s unfair to have the burden of no budget passed on the people of Illinois who are subject to the effects. Luckily there is hope on the horizon and relief should arrive.
What Is Next
Illinois needs radical change and the ability to sustain a healthy economy. Cook County was reported as the number one county in the country for people leaving. Myself personally, I have no desire to live in the state of Illinois and would never subject anyone to the uncertainty that is the state government.
However, you have to find the bright side and continue to be optimistic in these chapters of our lives. Change will come, but no one knows what shape it will take. Relief will arrive, but we are unsure of how much. Normality will replace the unorganized messes that plague the state.
I could write a book just on each issue alone, but bringing your attention to these issues will suffice. If you are in the state of Illinois, then you fully understand what is happening. For those outside the state, let this be a lesson of the toll it takes upon people who desperately need the government’s health most. Hopefully next time I write to you all, there will be a budget in place, the violence will be less, and change will slowly be in motion. Until then, we wait.