Not one, but two — Illinois will lose two congressional seats after the United States census of 2020. As the cat said, “I’ve done the math and we can’t afford” 17 U.S. house seats. As you pointed out, Illinois needs an increase of 90,000 population per house seat. Thus, this state will need an increase in population of 1,620,000 in the next 5 years for a total count of 14,680,000 to maintain 18 seats. The 2013 population was 12,897,625. The state will need a population of 13,770,000 for 17 seats and 12,960,000 for 16 seats.
As was stated in the BND editorial Jan. 14, the state started losing congressional seats after the 1970 U.S. census. This coincides with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortions. Every year since, the state has lost one or two house seats each decade. Look at the Illinois abortion rate each decade since and you will quickly see the major reason for its population decreases. Abortions equal lost population.
The state’s records for 2013 show Illinois terminated 37,230 pregnancies. Cook County had 23,876 of these lost lives. This is a decline from previous years only because so many young adults have left Illinois. But over the current decade this will be a loss of over 400,000 new babies. Half the population needed for a congressional seat.
Terry Martin, Belleville