As we've been discussing for quite a while now, Illinois is losing people. Our state has seen eight consecutive years of population declines, which is the second-longest streak in the nation behind West Virginia. And we continue to lead the Midwest in outbound migration.
With Illinois leading the Midwest in outbound migration (people leaving), and being one of the top 3 states overall in losing population, it's understandable that you might not think any Illinois city is growing.
Over the last 10 years, Illinois Illinois posted the 2nd largest population decline in numeric terms, behind only West Virginia. As a percentage of the population, Illinois’ population decline was third worst behind West Virginia and Mississippi.