A year or so back, I posted a piece in this space called "Some Illinois Towns Have Weird Names." Some of the Illinois towns mentioned as being weirdly named were: Goofy Ridge, Oblong, Lowpoint, Muddy, Ransom, and Preemption. Time to make the move from weirdness to lewdness.
Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at IllinoisPolicy.org joined us today on the WROK Morning Show, and he brought with him several startling facts about the state of our state. One big takeaway from our conversation is: Illinois is losing people.
I've only lived outside the state of Illinois for a grand total of about 6 months. In 1985, I went to work for a radio station in Columbus, Ohio, which was a great town to live in with one possible downside--when you left Columbus, you were in Ohio.
Okay, so it hasn't been the most frigid winter we've ever seen here in the Rockford area. It hasn't been the snowiest one, either. That doesn't mean that most of us aren't sick and tired of winter. But, since we've got quite a bit of winter left, how about a few tricks and tips to make the remainder of the season a little bit easier?
Okay, maybe here in Illinois we don't torture the tongue with places like Ypsilanti, Oconomowoc, Menomonee, and Waukesha, but we do have a few places that, for folks outside Illinois, seem to be a little tough to pronounce.
I get the feeling that if there weren't bad news, Illinois would have no news at all. The latest in the barrage of negatives here in Illinois is this: we are the worst place to raise children in the Midwest...
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