By: Diane Benjamin
The County, Bloomington, and Normal rely on data collected by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission to make plans. MCRPC did surveys so much of their data is determined by who answered the survey. Remember Bring It On Bloomington that has a dismal response rate but became the GOLD standard anyway? https://blnnews.com/2014/09/19/bring-it-on-bloomington-flops/
There is A LOT of data in the Long Range Transportation Plan. If you haven’t at least scanned it you need to know local governments are planning based on this document:
PDF page 59:
The sources used for this data are listed at the bottom of the page.
The reasons for the declining population projections are out migration and low birth rate.
Since out migration continues across Illinois for lower tax and business friendly states these projections are likely right.
This note is on PDF page 58:
The data is already out of date because of the Rivian employment. Of course State Farm employment has declined so Rivian has replaced the lost employment.
The condition of the roads is mentioned numerous times by survey participants. So far I don’t see a plan to address that problem.
Scan the document! It’s long but a large part if the survey in multiple languages.