Howdy all from Georgia.. Considering a move to IL

Discussion in 'Illinois Gun Forum' started by budget71, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. budget71

    budget71 New Member

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    Howdy.... Just an old southern boy checking in...
    As the title says.. I'm considering a job offer up in Itasca... I'm starting to wonder how silly this would be.... The offers good, but wow the differences between here and now there on gun laws makes a slow thinker like me take a pause..

    One big reason I'm considering the move is the wife is from Northern Indiana... Would it be feasible to live over in Indiana and make the commute everyday?.. I live outside atlanta now so I know you traffic...
    My wife and I both conceal carry daily.. And shoot weekly (rifle and handgun)... If I had property, say 10 acres, in IL, is shooting there a decent possibility? We're not fond of indoor ranges.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated...
     
  2. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member

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    I was born and raised in Georgia. There is no job what so ever that could get me to move from Georgia to Illinois!! But I do now live in South Carolina.
     

  3. Stillersfan

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  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc New Member

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    Do you hunt? May be a bit different in IL compared to GA. Many areas are shotgun only. Winters are worse.

    Look at tax rates as well, as far as sales tax, property tax, and income tax compared to GA. REtirement wage taxes. Property costs, (though around ATL it can be kind of high).

    Just things to look at.
     
  5. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    Screw IL. Indiana is WAY more gun friendly.
     
  6. budget71

    budget71 New Member

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    Thanks for the input.. If the wife wasn't from Northern Indiana, this wouldn't be a consideration.... But happy wife means more gun budget for me with no complaints :)

    I'm seriously considering living in Indiana and putting up with the drive of I take this job.. I have a meet n greet / interview on Friday.. It would be a 50K bump to start
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    it would be very hard for me to make the move from a gun friendly state to one that had a record of less than friendly atmosphere towards guns and gun owners. and to even consider making the move, it would have to have a huge amount of compensation to even give it a thought and have some sort of compensation for making the move and all the headaches and stress from moving from one state to another.
     
  8. Gatoragn

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    I lived in fairly gun friendly WI for 5 years, two day wait on handgun purchases, 9 day firearm deer season. I took a cut in total compensation to move to GA.

    Live in IA, IN, MO or WI, maybe. Live in IL, never.
     
  9. Mercator

    Mercator New Member

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    Be an IN resident and collect the IL paycheck.
     
  10. Mouser

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    I am from NW Indiana originally and my family is from South of Chicago...money is nice especially when you are building your career. Don't know your age or career position, but most people peak out in their 40's...it is at this time, in my case, that the gold lost its glitter. By that I mean, I was doing well, managed my finances well, kids growing up and there were things that became suddenly more important...of course, my previous professional journey allowed me the luxury of choices.

    For me, I am at a point in life where location is VERY important and with a company I really want to finish my career with. Illinois sucks in terms of gun laws, regulations/personal freedom, and if you are near a metropolitan center like Chicago, you will be heavily inundated by leftist, socialist philosophy....how important is that to you?

    Indiana is better from personal rights/personal freedom perspective but there is a practical limit on how much time you want to commit to your commute....I am speaking from experience there.

    You may have a big decision in front of you soon! This I know from the past five years....you can move where you want to in this nation and you can do what you want too...it takes perseverance and tenacity. Helps to have goals...if you did and this fits, then you probably already know the answer to the offer should you get one.
     
  11. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Budget71 - Welcome from Penn's Woods, enjoy!

    Best of luck with your decisions.
     
  12. budget71

    budget71 New Member

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    Thank you Mouser..

    Sometimes we just need someone to tell us what we already know.
    I'm in my early 40's with the kids grown and out of the house... Career wise, I still have some growth in the technical side, but not much. This position would be engineering / management with the chance to build my own team that in would manage and mentor. The commute adding 2+ hours to the workday and away from home is really the sticking point for me. Just me, the wife and 3 dogs.

    I smiled at the leftist comment... I'm near atlanta now and feel inundated at times from the socialists there.


     
  13. Shade

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    I am a life long resident of IL, do not do it. NW Indiana, at least the part close
    to Chicago is a sh!t hole, to get to a decent part it will add nearly an hour, my
    guess is you would be looking at 3-4 hours of commute time. Taxes here are
    high, IN is better than IL but still high compared to GA. Cost of living is
    higher, I would hazard you would need to double your salary/wages to break
    even compared to GA. I work from home but often need to go to our plant
    near Midway AP, it is 144 miles round trip and averages 3-4 hours. My best
    time one way is 1:13. I have driven in Atl and while it is bad is does not touch
    Chi-town. I have been stuck in traffic jams at 2AM (yes AM) trying to get
    home from an airport.

    BTW, when the youngest graduates HS in '20 we are the **** out of this hell hole.
     
  14. Shade

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    Like I said 3-4 hours, 2+ is a fantasy, and it is hard driving. How much
    snow and ice driving have you done? The south end of the lake is a snow
    belt. Snow fall is measured in feet not inches. Have you ever lived in a
    freezer for 3 months? I have seen people move here for one winter and
    by February be looking for a new job. Water lines here are buried at 48"
    and sometimes they still freeze. Only Minnesota, Canada and the artic is
    colder.

    Last Monday we had -20F temperatures, -50F wind chills my diesel fuel
    with anti-gel still froze up. Water lines buried 48-60 inches deep to the
    barn froze. I like winter, but -20F is damn cold.
     
  15. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn New Member

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    The Socialists in Atlanta are wannabes compared to what you would find in Northern IL or Southern WI.
     
  16. scottmac

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    Itasca is easy to get to from the West. Just live outside Cook County.
    Check your insurance rates; the closer to Chicago, the higher your car insurance. All 'burbs are not equal!
    Out in Kane county, the taxes are better, there is a great indoor range (GAT gun), plenty of shopping and food places, and pretty good living (for IL).
    You have to watch where the county lines are; Cook county extends out to Elgin along I90 and the area around O'Hare airport.
     
  17. Shade

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    Amen Brother, Amen...

    A lot of burbs like Naperville and Plainfield have property taxes
    in the $10-15k range for 2500-3000 sq ft houses. I am in Kan-
    kakee county with a 12 sq ft house on a tar and chip road with
    8 acres and well and septic and my taxes are just over $4000
    per year.

    Now don't for get the other taxes we have...

    Add in 5% income tax,
    Add in 6.25% minimum sales tax; Chicago is over 10% and most
    of the burbs are in the 7.5% range.

    To get a CCL in Illinois
    Training will run you $200-300 (possibly less with training credits)
    plus $150 application fee every 5 years...
     
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  18. Mercator

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    Considering the cost of living adjustment, Chicago will erase much of your raise (no pun). I can see a quick commute across the state line. If it's a full size trip on freeways and toll roads, forget it. I have been to Chicago many times, enjoyed it, and every single time left happy that my home wasn't there. Color me skeptical.
     
  19. budget71

    budget71 New Member

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    Thanks for all the input... I'm getting the feeling that everyone loves it up there :rolleyes:

    I've lived in cold snowy places before.. But am a native of South Georgia... Didn't kind the cold, snow then... No one likes the ice though...
    As far r cost of living... Yes I know it's higher.. But as far as sales and income tax., the rates in IL are better than and equal to that of GA... Income tax is actually higher here according to the rates I found... 7% sales tax is normal here.. Now property tax is ridiculous up there....

    I haven't decided... But if I did, I would rent for a year before buying in IN. I found out that the office is moving down to N Canal St next year... I'd be taking the train it most of the time for that location... I've looked and the estimate is a 1 hour trip one way for that... I've decided that I will not become a resident of IL either way.. Will make very my residency to IN if I can't keep it here with the property I will still have in GA.

    If I do make the move, I'd be buying at least 10 acres to live on in IN... I'm 42 and this would hopefully be my last move for my career... Job wise it would be a great career move... The personal side is the issue... We always planned to retire to the farmlands of northern to middle Indiana... This would just get us there sooner will the wife's parents are still living.... But having to commute to Chicago everyday and the time that takes may be the killer....
     
  20. Shade

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    Make sure you are south of the Kankakee River basin and not in a flood plain.