Skip to comments.Former State Senator Says ‘Goodbye, Illinois’A scathing article on Illinois politics
Posted on 12/22/2011 5:19:29 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
Former State Senator and Republican Cook County Board President candidate Roger Keats and his wife Tina left Illinois to live in Texas. They bid farewell to their Illinois friends in a Wilmette Beacon article, and with this letter, saying theyre voting with their feet and their wallets.
GOOD BYE AND GOOD LUCK
As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well. I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it. After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart. BUT enough is enough! The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we cant continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here. I remember when Illinois had 25 congressmen. In 2012 we will have 18. Compared to the rest of the country we have lost 1/4th of our population. Dont blame the weather, because I love 4 seasons.
Illinois just sold still more bonds and our credit rating is so bad we pay higher interest rates than junk bonds! Junk Bonds!
Illinois is ranked:
50th for fiscal policy
47th in job creation
1st in unfunded pension liabilities
2nd largest budget deficit
1st in failing schools
1st in bonded indebtedness
Highest sales tax in the nation
Most judges indicted (Operations Greylord and Gambat) 5 of our last 9 elected governors have been indicted.
That is more than the other 49 states added together!
Then add 32 Chicago Aldermen and (according to the Chicago Tribune) over 1000 state and municipal employees indicted. The corruption tax is a real cost of doing business. We are the butt of jokes for stand up comics.
We live in the most corrupt big city, in the most corrupt big county in the most corrupt state in America. I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks. A day rarely passes without an article about the corruption and incompetence. Chicago even got caught rigging the tests to hire police and fire!
Our Crook County CORPORATE property tax system is intentionally corrupt. The Democrat State Chairman who is also the Speaker of the Illinois House (Spkr. Mike Madigan) and the most senior alderman in Chicago each make well over a million dollars a year putting the fix in for their clients tax assessments.
We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax, while Illinois just went up 67%. Texas sales tax is ½ of ours, which is the highest in the nation. Southern states are supportive of job producers, tax payers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents. Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.
In The Hill Country of Texas (near Austin and San Antonio ) we bought a gracious home on almost 2 acres with a swimming pool. It is new, will cost us around 40% of what our home in Wilmette just sold for and the property taxes are 1/3rd of what they are here. Cook Countys property tax system is a disaster: Wilmette homes near ours sell for 50% more and their property taxes are ½ of ours. Our assessed home value was 50% higher than the sales price. The system is unfair and incompetent.
Our home value is down 40%, our property taxes are up 20% and our local schools have still another referendum on the ballot to increase taxes over 20% in one year.
I could go on, but enough is enough. I feel as if we are standing on the deck of the Titanic and I can see the icebergs right in front of us. I will miss our friends a great deal. I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life. But it is time to go where there is honest, competent and cost effective government. We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets.
My best to all of you and Good luck!
I pray they are conservatives and not bringing liberal ideas here, and come ready to contribute. If so, Welcome to Texas.
No income tax. That sounds sweet. Maybe there’s a corner in northwest Texas that’s no so hot and humid.
Wow, what a powerful article. He brings up great points.
If I recall correctly, a former office holder in California, who had run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California, recently left California to relocate to Texas.
Well, it says something if people are leaving “blue” states to move to “red” states. How many people are leaving Texas to move to Illinois nowadays??????
FYI and to pass on
After 50+ years in Chicago IL, I now reside in another, less corrupt Midwestern state. It’s not just about somewhat better tax rates and less bureaucracy, it’s about Illinois government workers, politically connected incompetents always trying to take more money from you.
It’s a government Mafia state.
We’re living in NotChicago, Illinois and feel the same way he does, it is just taking us a while to move. My wife and two kids and I are probably heading for southern Missouri, we are further delayed by what is turning out to be a very lengthy adoption procedure to get our two children. We are just plain sick of corruption in Illinois politics, which means democrat politics, which creates high taxes and poor job creation atmosphere.
Illinois is a long standing national joke, right up there with California and New York, New Jersey and a few others. Your opinion may very but I believe Illinois is the absolute worse.
The town of Kerrville in the beautiful Texas Hill Country has often been cited in those “ best place to live” lists and gets a lot of emigrants from other states for retirement.
And he won’t miss the four seasons in the Hill Country. It can even get a little chilly at night if you sleep with the window open.
Welcome Senator. You’re gonna love Texas.
And guess when Obama cut his teeth?
Too bad the people of IL have been so uninformed and wrong for so long
As the old line goes, "it's a dry heat." Yes, if the temperature is over 100, it's hot regardless, but I find it much more bearable.
The wind and the landscape take some getting used to, but I do just fine with it now. Well, except for the blowing dust at times!
He was a bit more polite to the folks he was leaving than Davy Crockett: "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."
I am in favor of letting Cook county IL be there own state.
Only 18 congressmen in 2012? That means their electoral voice becomes even smaller.
There are some things I miss about Chicago. The people, the food, clubs, etc. The rest has become a nightmare.
What part of Texas has minimal wind and minimal humidity?
Far West Texas -- specifically, the El Paso area fits the description.
Desert-like climate. Not windy like West Texas.
Former State Sen. Roger Keats' remarks will fall on deaf ears.
I remember when I was very young probably around 1955, my Father read an article by a well known at the time, journalist. He then told me about it.
It was on how corrupt the state of Illinois was. He said if the states representatives wanted some money they would just introduce some bill which was aimed at some wealthy business. The business would then pay them off to withdraw the legislation.
This was over 50 years ago and it seems to have gotten even more rotten.
Isn’t it amazing, with all the corruption in IL, that Obama managed to graduate from their system untouched? It is hard to believe.
Illinois is a disaster. The property taxes a nightmare.
States run by Democrats are all a joke.
states with ballot referenda should have citizens put two items on the ballot to ammend their constitutions (if not already done so)
1. Abolish or forbid a state income tax.
2. state balanced budget amendment.
It was a RINO Governor with Presidential ambitions named Dick Ogilvie who implemented IL’s state income tax (he promptly lost reelection in a heavily GOP year — 1972).
I’m not sure that part exists!
No. And we have great big honking spiders.
Sadly, I’m actually leaving Texas for California. Sigh.
Why? Believe it or not, a job that is just too good to pass up.
A condition of me taking the job was that I only had to spend a year in Cali in the home office, then I can move. I’m thinking back to Texas or maybe Miami...
There has to be a reason everything in Obamas past is sealed. Every single conservative or opponent of Obama has had every detail of their life made public, often by judges who for some reason never allow the same for Obama.
Southern Missouri will be glad to have you :) I am in central MO but as a whole its a nice state outside of downtown KC and north StL. I have been here 15 years and enjoy it.
Is it any surprise to anyone that Chicago breeded the corrupt likes of Ubama and his closest advisors?
Davy Crockett: When he was defeated for another term in Congress said: “You can all go to hell, I am going to Texas.”
I went to university in Texas and lived there for a dozen years. A great state, but you need to pick your location. The Hill Country is wonderful, but be selective about the big cities. You may find yourself represented by Lloyd Doggett (Austin) or Sheila Jackson-Lee (Houston.)
The rule is “Stay away from the proximity of Democrats.”
Daniel Boone wanted to go to Florida. He even bought property in Pensacola but his wife refused to live there.
We see this sort of thing in the Pacific NorthWest, and especially in Washington, DC, where a single family and their minions from Chicago managed to bring a new, incredible, unprecedented level of corruption to an already very corrupt city...
“How many people are leaving Texas to move to Illinois nowadays??????”
About as many as climbed the wall to get from West to East Berlin.
I don't know, there might be others on the cusp. My brother and his wife, a couple 1%ers, were debating it. The high taxes and brutal winter were the driving factors. When Illinois doubled state income taxes, this year, they moved to North Carolina. It involves a bit more business travel, but both them stayed with their companies and the drop in tax liability is being made up in the first year.
The way things are going ,Chicago is bucking to become the next Detroit.
Just look at Obama and the scum covered minions he brought with him to DC. As corrupt as DC was, I really am amazed at just how corrupt it's become. I really didn't think it could possibly be this bad.
Yes, I understand. An instance of the ship deserting the sinking rats.
Be careful what you wish for. Amarillo's digging out from a blizzard, and is going to 14 tonight. I moved from the Texas Panhandle to Michigan for Michigan's warmer climate.
My brother is still in his “honeymoon” phase, but he loves the Raleigh area. His boys (9) commented how nice it was to go to a football game wearing the wrong team’s jersey and not get cussed at by the home team fans.
The US will be lucky to survive the two current (and one recent) Illinois senator we have now. For God's sake we don't need the two more Illinois senators that Cook County would get. From Cook County, we'd be guaranteed two more corrupt far left loons.
On the other hand, I've heard that the compact admitting Texas to the Union allowed it to split into up to five states. Ten Texas senators; that I could deal with.
Drove through the panhandle once on our way to camping out west. It was a hell hole of mirages, flat land,gas stations few and far between and everyone had those bags of water hanging out of their trunks....my neice lived down by the gulf and it was nice.
Most of Cook County and the area around East St. Louis are uninformed. The rest of the state for the most part can be considered conservative. There are just too many illegals and others beholden to government voting in these two areas to make a difference.
You might consider Amarillo. It gets rather hot in the summer, but in the winter, the only thing between it and the North Pole is a barbed wire fence, and 3 strands are down. (^;
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