i'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but quite a lot of manufacturing has been removed from these small illinois cities for the sunbelt (automation), overseas, or just plain failure. i spend a decent amount of time in central illinois, was recently in kewanee, which was home to the kewanee boiler corporation, a major manufacturer that went out of business in 2002 and left a gaping wound in the city. central illinois is like one giant constellation of small worst case rustbelt cities. throw the metro east in there, too... save for the ability of residents to commute to jobs in missouri, things would be pretty dire over there. illinois has been absolutely hammered by globalization as badly as michigan (in some cases it looks worse), with the exception of the chicago loop/northside/affluent suburbs and buffered college towns/cities like bloomington-normal/champaign-urbana. decatur is a wreck, peoria is heading that way, springfield has the state presence at least.
^Great point. Decatur, Rockford, Danville, Kankakee have been hit hard by de-industrialization. But even Sangamon County (Springfield) and McLean (Bloomington) are drastically slowing. In the previous two decades Sangamon was posting about 5% gains, and the 2015 estimate has it at 0.6%. McLean was posting double digit gains and the 2015 estimate has it around 2%.
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