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Hard-hitting editorial in the Chicago Tribune.

For the third year in a row, Illinois leads the nation in a dubious category: It has lost more residents than any other state.

Why does this matter? Because as people exit, so do this state's economic muscle and national political clout. Illinois risks losing another one or two seats in the U.S. House after the 2020 census. Sun Belt states including Texas, Florida and California feast on Illinois' misery: 114,144 Illinoisans left for other states from July 2015 to July 2016. They fled, and keep fleeing, for job opportunities, affordable housing or balmier weather. On two of the three reasons, Illinois can improve its standing.

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