“Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround” agenda is working. Public universities and colleges are being dismantled, public services are being reduced or eliminated, employee rights are being diminished, and out-of-state migration escalates.”

~ Melody Allison, Charleston


money-rollCouldn’t have said it any better myself.  I, like many citizens in the state of Illinois, are really feeling the pinch of the state’s dire fiscal predicament.  Working for a local community college, I am experiencing first-hand the effects of declining state appropriations, declining enrollment, and changes to the quality and expenses of health care as well as pension reform.

I would be lying if I didn’t say the whole thing is really starting to concern me. I’ve had my days of contemplating “jumping ship” and starting a new chapter in another state.  But I realize, it’s just not that easy. There are so many things to take into account…and so many changes.

  • Moving. Ugh…the thought of having to pack up our house and moving into a new house.  (Sorry, Karen & Mike.)
  • Selling our house & leaving the area
  • Finding a new job.
  • Leaving family and friends
  • All the hassles of updating all the little things we take for granted now, such as doctors, dentists, driver’s license, car registration, utilities, etc.

This coming from a guy who has been resistant to change for most of his life.

But we all have our breaking point. We all, from time to time, have to take a step back and take a look at our lives and say, “Am I happy? Is this worth it?”

Lately, I’ve had friends…neighbors who have taken the big plunge and made the big step to move on. I’m sorry to see them go but I understand their reasons for leaving.

I don’t know what the future has in store for me.  I look at it this way.  I can either succumb to the fear of the unknown or I can embrace the thought that the future is another chapter waiting to be written…by me.


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