Over a third of young adults in Chicago — especially African Americans — want out of this city, citing racism, fractured police-community relations, neighborhood disinvestment and lack of jobs and economic mobility, a new study finds.That's despite the "challenged neighborhoods" routinely returning the Combine to power in City Hall and in Springfield.
The University of Chicago’s GenForward Project surveyed African-American, Asian, Latinx [c.q.] and white young adults from 10 diverse neighborhoods, and found 36 percent want to leave the city — but as high as 46 percent in challenged neighborhoods like Englewood.
“The question is often raised: ‘Are we pushing people out of the city?’ Well, if you’re not providing quality education for a neighborhood, and young people feel they don’t have good job prospects, and can’t afford the homes in their neighborhoods they dream of, and the city isn’t attending to those issues, then yes, you’re pushing people out of the city,” said [Chicago political scientist Cathy] Cohen.The latest representative of the Combine to sit in the governor's mansion in Springfield hopes to tax and tax, spend and spend, and elect and elect. It is not going to turn out well.
“Can the city re-imagine itself in a way that gives these young people a reason to stay?”
Who cares about one less yuppie in Lincoln Park? Be gone, whiner. Chicago’s political class, most of the mayoral hopefuls, the Illinois General Assembly and several high-profile members of the newly-seated U.S. Congress routinely devalue the contributions of working professionals and, yes, people who make decent money and invest it smartly. Shaming successful businessmen and entrepreneurs — read, Republicans — is the new mafia squeeze play. Conform to the mob or else.Yes, that commuter tax has worked out so well for Detroit, hasn't it?
Meanwhile, it’s fine to accept, spend and frolic in Democratic largesse without guilt. Money is not repugnant if it’s attached to Democrats whose government connections or family hierarchy made them millionaires. An ostentatious inauguration party courtesy of billionaire Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker — imagine if all that money instead went to charity — was revered and devoured, down to the last canape. His initiative to double the salaries of his inner circle, using his own money, flew by progressive, close-the-income-gap proponents with nary a raised eyebrow.
Pritzker and a Democrat-led House and Senate plan to introduce a graduated income tax proposal that would, at least initially, hit upper-income earners in Illinois. Candidates for Chicago mayor, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, have proposed a new tax on million-dollar property transactions. Aldermanic candidates, including Ald. Pat Dowell, 3rd, have floated the idea of a separate city income tax for wealthy Chicagoans. And mayoral candidate Bill Daley is open to a tax on commuters who live outside the city but work in Chicago.
In fiction, when the productive people go Galt, they disappear to a valley hidden by a force field.
In Illinois, it's as simple as hiring in a U-Haul and moving to Wisconsin or Indiana.