Illinois Getting Older, According To Census
May 26, 2011 7:16 AM
CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois’ population is getting older, with new Census data showing that the median age pushing past 36 over the past decade.
Economists and others say this continues a steady trend and will have far-reaching effects for the state for years.
Illinois and states across the country have been getting for older for some time as baby boomers age and, for states in the Midwest and Northeast, people leave for warmer, often more-prosperous areas.
But the new figures show the steady aging continues, likely ratcheting up the demand for social services even as the percentage of the population still in the workforce drops off. And in states like Illinois, where governments struggle to find the money to pay for their existing obligations, that weight could prove particularly burdensome.
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According to the new data, the median age for Illinois was 36.6 in 2010, up from 34.7 in 2000 and 32.8 in 1990. The national media age was 37.2 last year, up from 35.3 in 2000.
“The consequences of this are kind of endless,” said Matthew Hall, a sociologist at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Institute for Government & Public Affairs.
Not only does an aging population mean a smaller percentage of the people in the state likely are working and paying taxes, but more of them are likely to be retiring and, if they’re government workers, drawing on “somewhat generous” pensions that are increasingly difficult to pay for.
Across the Midwest, rural areas that people have been leaving for years likely are aging even faster and getting poorer in the process, said Ernie Goss, a regional economist at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Goss said the people leaving are “just younger, meaning that what’s left behind (is) older.”
At the other end of the spectrum are metro areas which, Hall said, tend to draw enough people to keep their populations younger and, in the process, their economies and local tax bases healthier. Chicago is the leading example.
“Just because of the economic engine that is the Chicago metro area, they’re able to compensate for the aging of the populations through migration,” he said. “The Chicago metro area is very much a thriving metro area.”
I see one typo in the article; the “somewhat generous” should be changed to “lottery-esque”.
May 26, 2011 at 8:06 am
Any young people with half a brain fled this tax heavy state. If I was’nt 52, I’d be gone too. Still may move to Indiana one day. This liberal state has some of the most ignorant voters in America……….
May 26, 2011 at 8:11 am
Young people are smarter these days….. smart enough to leave this corrupt state. And those that aren’t leaving were smart enough to not fill out the census.
May 26, 2011 at 8:52 am
Gone to Texas
Twenty Five years ago I moved from “The Sucker State” where I was born and raised to
Texas. I’ve never looked back.
As Davy Crockett said “You can all go to Hell, I’m going to Texas”.
May 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm
born and raised in the sucker state. But soon am looking into TN are pigeon forge, Gatlinburgh. Cant be too soon
May 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm
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May 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm
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Rep. Jim Clyburn and the new racial taboo.
Yesterday we noted a McClatchy Newspapers report that Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the assistant House Democratic leader and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, “blamed most of President Barack Obama’s political problems on racism.” McClatchy now reports that Clyburn takes vigorous exception to that characterization:
In a letter to the editor of The State newspaper in Clyburn’s hometown of Columbia, S.C., the No. 3 House Democrat said an article published Thursday had sensationalized his perspectives on the ties between Obama’s race and his work as president.
“I have always abhorred the word ‘racism,’ ” Clyburn said in the letter. “I never use it. I believe it is a lethal term, and I am offended that my honest responses to a reporter’s clearly designed agenda would be distorted in such a manner.”
Accompanying the McClatchy report are the full text of Clyburn’s letter to the State (which is a McClatchy newspaper) and a partial transcript of the interview. Here are some excerpts of the latter:
Clyburn: . . . The fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of his skin color. All you got to do is look at all the signs they’re carrying out there and look at the mail that I get. As I said, I’m 70 years old, I been going through this kind of stuff all my life. I know what kind of mail I get, I know what kind of phone calls I get, I know what people are saying who call the office.
Q: How does that relate to the president?
Clyburn: We have the same skin color; that’s how it relates to him.
Q: So they’re willing to say these things to you, you’re a congressman, they’re maybe not as willing to say them as directly to the president?
Clyburn: Well, who said that? I’ll tell you about the president. The president can read. I read the (unintelligible), he can read the same (unintelligible) as I’m reading. When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee’s body, do you think he didn’t see that? And I suspect they send the same faxes to his office they send to mine.
It seems to us that McClatchy’s characterization of Clyburn’s comments is defensible, but he is correct that he did not use the word “racism.”
Further, although Clyburn does not make an issue of this in his letter, the original McClatchy report stated: “Clyburn suggested that the ‘birther’ movement . . . is fueled by racism,” an assertion that is unsupported by the transcript:
Q: Do you agree with [the president's] decision to release his full-form birth certificate?
Clyburn: Well, yeah, I agree with that. I don’t know why anybody didn’t ask for John McCain’s. He wasn’t even born in this country. Nobody asked for his birth certificate.
Rep. Clyburn says he doesn’t say “racism.”
In this exchange, Clyburn says nothing about race. The reporter could counter that the congressman’s meaning was clear to him, and it might well have been. But if Clyburn was making an accusation of racism–or, to avoid the “lethal word,” of racial animus or prejudice–he was doing so in code.
And that’s what makes this kerfuffle interesting. Earlier this month we noted that The New Yorker’s David Remnick, while expressly accusing Donald Trump of “race-baiting” and “hatemongering” when he was birtherizing, felt obliged in an NPR interview to say: “Really, I’m not in the habit of screaming racist at every turn.”
Just as racism and the expression of racially prejudiced sentiments have become taboo, the word “racism” and the imputation to others of racially prejudiced sentiments are becoming taboo. As “The Daily Show” reported in August: “The race card’s maxed out.” Electing a black president really has made a difference.
“President Barack Obama’s recent remarks on Israel may have ruffled some feathers in the Jewish community, but they will not ultimately cost him votes, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told reporters Thursday.” Politico reports.
“There are Jewish voters, Jewish Americans who are expressing concern about the president’s policy,” the unwieldily named Wasserman Schultz told a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. But “to suggest that the president did significant damage to his support in the Jewish community is a gross overstatement.”
She may well be right. Obama belonged to a church that published Hamas propaganda in its newsletter. If that wasn’t enough to persuade Jews to vote Republican in 2008, why shouldn’t the Democrats take them for granted?
Yet if this is Wasserman Schultz’s reasoning, we’d like to hear her explanation for this Tuesday report from The Weekly Standard:
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday met with representative delegates of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC). But while the meeting was meant to shore up bipartisan support for Israel from American Jewish political organizations, it quickly became a partisan bickering match, with the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Debbie Wasserman Schultz, using the platform to tell Republican Jews to stop doing what they’re doing. . . .
Sitting in front of Netanyahu, the DNC chair asked the RJC to “pledge to refrain in 2012 from using Israel as part of the issues in campaigns,” according to RJC executive director Matt Brooks. “It started that way. Right from the get go they just jumped on it.” . . .
Brooks believes Wasserman Schultz is “absolutely” spooked after last election, when groups such as the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Emergency Committee for Israel ran ads against liberal Democrats who have supported anti-Israel measures and J Street [an anti-Israel group] sponsored initiatives.
If Wasserman Schultz is confident of the Jewish vote, why is she trying to shut up the RJC? There is, actually, a plausible answer. In yesterday’s column, we noted that pro-Israel sentiment is very widespread beyond the Jewish community. “Israel is an American value,” as Walter Russell Mead observed. Obama may not need to worry about losing the Jewish vote, but he is unlikely to win re-election without a majority of the American vote.
“Body Language Expert: Obama Has ‘Contempt in His Eyes’ for Netanyahu”–headline, RightNetwork.com, May 26
CNSNews.com reports on the federal government’s latest brainstorm:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that the administration’s new $500 million early learning initiative is designed to deal with children from birth onward to prevent such problems as 5-year olds who “can’t sit still” in a kindergarten classroom.
“You really need to look at the range of issues, because if a 5-year-old can’t sit still, it is unlikely that they can do well in a kindergarten class, and it has to be the whole range of issues that go into healthy child development,” Sebelius said during a telephone news conference on Wednesday to announce the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.
It makes you wonder what became of 5-year-olds who went to school before these geniuses decided to spend $500 million in taxpayer money to make them sit still.
Oh wait, some of them grew up into the geniuses who have now decided to spend $500 million in taxpayer money to make 5-year-olds sit still. If we can prevent that from happening again, maybe the expenditure is worth it.
Yesterday we raised the question of whether “Bunny” Mellon had paid gift taxes on the money she provided to support John Edwards’s mistress. It turns out that question had already been answered, by Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast in January 2010:
In 2007 and 2008, at the height of his crusade against the “Two Americas,” Mrs. Mellon secretly gave Edwards a total of $700,000 for his personal use–paying required gift taxes of up to 45 percent–at the behest of [Edwards aide Andrew] Young, who was acting as Edwards’ bag man. Young told her that the senator had an urgent “personal need,” according to a knowledgeable source. Bunny Mellon’s friends say Young didn’t reveal that the so-called “need” apparently was Edwards’ sex partner, New Age videographer Rielle Hunter, the mother of his love child–and they claim Mrs. Mellon was shocked, shocked, when she finally learned the truth.
According to two sources close to Mrs. Mellon, her suspicions weren’t even aroused by the unusual method of payment: She was advised to write bank checks for “furniture,” made out to Bryan Huffman’s Monroe, North Carolina-based interior design business. Huffman in turn endorsed them over to Young, who then got the money to Edwards.
Grove’s report is a bit confusing. If Mellon’s suspicions weren’t aroused, why wasn’t she surprised when she learned the truth? Or could it really be that Grove has never seen “Casablanca”?
Meanwhile, ABC News reports that Edwards visited Mellon for a private lunch yesterday “at her sprawling compound in Northern Virginia. The purpose of the visit is unclear, but it is sure to raise eyebrows with federal investigators.” And FoxNews.com has a related headline: “Massive Shark Meetup Sets Toothy World Record.” Apparently Edwards is assembling his legal team.
Did you know that Henry Kissinger shared a birthday with Hubert H. Humphrey? Neither did we until we read Rick Perlstein’s op-ed in today’s New York Times taking note of today’s HHH centenary. (Kissinger is a lad of 88.) But the first sentence seemed to us in error:
January was the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, and the planet nearly stopped turning on its axis to recognize the occasion.
Reagan’s birth was not in January, it was Feb. 6. Maybe the Times is still confused by the transition from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian.
“Brace Yourself for the Summer of ‘Sluts’ ”–headline, MSNBC.com, May 26
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“FIFA ‘Threatens to Implode’; Blatter Faces Ethics Inquiry”–headline, NPR.org, May 27
“Growing a Brain in a Dish”–headline, ScienceBlogs.com, May 25
“Bloomberg States Case, Emphatically and Personally, for Same-Sex Marriage”–headline, New York Times, May 27
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“The Case for Higher Taxes”–headline, New York Times website, May 27
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“Tang’s Role in Chinese Propaganda Film in Doubt”–headline, Associated Press, May 26
“Abbott Dealt Blow in Cholesterol Drug Trial”–headline, The Wall Street Journal, May 27
“Police Investigate Homeless Graveyard”–headline, Associated Press, May 26
“Time for Fox News to Put Palin to the Question”–headline, Commentary website, May 26
Questions Nobody Is Asking
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- “Does This Tweet Make Me Look Fat?”–headline, Puffington Host, May 27
- “When Are Republicans Going to Start Explaining How Barack Obama Wants to Kill Your Children?”–headline, DailyCaller.com, May 27
Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking
- “Why Obama Should Fight Hard for Elizabeth Warren: Jonathan Alter”–headline, Bloomberg, May 26
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“GE Jet Engine Survives House”–headline, Boston Globe, May 27
“Barney Frank Admits Getting His Former-Lover a Fannie Position”–headline, EconomicPolicyJournal.com, May 26
“Horse Herpes Outbreak Forces Rodeo Queens to Ride Stick Ponies”–headline, KSL-TV website (Salt Lake City), May 26
“U.S. Gains Entry to bin Laden’s Pakistan House”–headline, The Wall Street Journal, May 27
“How to Explain Social Media to Your Spouse”–headline, PR Daily, May 27
Bottom Stories of the Day
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“A North Carolina couple allegedly operating a meth lab out of a motel room is in custody after a high-speed chase last week that involved a collision with a dump truck and a New Kent Sheriff’s deputy,” reports the Virginia Gazette of Williamsburg:
Danny Gilbert Abernathy, 47, of Wilmington faces multiple drug charges and attempted capital murder of a police officer. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Jodie Lynn Couch of Mount Airy faces drug charges. . . .
Lt. Chris Hamlet went to the motel early the following morning. After “smelling a distinct odor,” he called in the North Carolina license plate of a blue and gray truck parked outside the room. According to Hamlet, the truck came back as improperly registered and stolen.
Around 11 a.m. Abernathy and Couch walked out of their room. The couple got into the truck and Abernathy drove east on Route 60.
A county sheriff pulled him over in Toe Ink Wayside based on the stolen vehicle report.
When Abernathy stopped, he ordered Couch out of the truck and [Abernathy] then fled, continuing east on Route 60. During the pursuit, speeds reached 100 mph.
Abernathy spun out several times, clipped a dump truck and struck the left front bumper of a cruiser driven by New Kent Deputy Tim Davis. No one was injured.
Abernathy lost control of his truck in Providence Forge, near railroad tracks at the intersection of Routes 60 and 155. He then led deputies on a foot chase, but was soon captured.
It’s fitting that this happened in Virginia, where Patrick Henry famously said, “Give me liberty or give me meth.”
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