|Illinois' tattered flag|
Five other states, West Virginia, Vermont, Alaska, Connecticut, and New Mexico are also facing negative population growth. The figures come from the US Census Bureau and it covers the period from July 1, 2013 through July 1, 2014.
A recent Gallup Poll found that if given the chance, half of Illinoisans would move if they could.
Illinois' governor-elect, Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, vows to end the rot.