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11-02-2014 05:24 AM

I am attempting to ascertain which counties in Illinois would be considered by locals and residents to be the better counties to reside in when it comes to tranquility and low crime rate? If you have some friends or family up there and could get me in touch, that would be ideal.

thanks

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com


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#1 posted 11-02-2014 05:28 AM

Gotta decide northern or southern as a first choice. Lots of good space from there.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 02:40 PM

I’ve lived in IL my entire life (60 years).

Crime statistics are easy to find with a Google search (“illinois crime statistics by county”). The most publicized stats are for violent crimes (murder, manslaughter), but you can research other crimes as well.

Tranquility is much harder to judge. I believe we kinda carry that with us, and its awfully difficult to discern those places where a majority of the people are tranquil.

One big problem in Illinois is the political arena. We’ve had politics so bad for so long that the problem is “institutionalized”; literally, that’s the way it works here. Some are working to change that, but it is a steep uphill climb.

I believe a lot depends on what YOU are looking FOR; maybe even more than what you are looking to avoid.

Good luck with your search.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 04:11 PM

On a cross-country trip, I pulled off the Interstate into a NW Illinois city, late at night. I don’t remember the name, there maybe was two words in the city name. Everywhere I went, there were signs… about draconian city ordinances. One sign warned of a fine for leaving grass clippings on the sidewalk (!), littering, dog control, parking, sheesh! Not sure how anybody could be happy living there, with all the obsession over one another’s harmless behavior. I was afraid to drop my trailer anywhere, lest that be another death-row infraction of the law.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 06:17 PM

I have some opportunity up there but certainly not trying to drive a stake anywhere near Chicago with their average 630 murders a month. I was a police officer for years here in NC in a very fast paced, high crime environment before I went back to school. I worked for a city that rings the bell for the highest crime rate per capita in the state.

Although, I understand that all states have pockets of crime, they also have pockets of serenity and peace. Im just not wanting to settle on the wrong side of the river. No one is familiar with these pockets more so than ‘locals’ in a region/county.

I am all too familiar with the crime rate indices and other stats but those do not paint the whole picture. They tend to smother the pockets of quiet, low crime areas of living. For instance, one can drive about 45 miles from where I reside now in NC and nestle down in an area that has been known for the past 100 years for their high murder, high crime rates. Drive about 12 miles in the opposite direction and run into consistent B&E’s. However, I reside in a quiet, quaint rural community nestled between those two holes and we have never had one issue in almost 20 years.

That was the angle I was shooting from when I was inquiring. Just trying to round up some ‘locals’ that might be willing to dispell the gray for some areas of Illinois.

Thanks for understanding and for your help.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 06:40 PM

I grew up in Southern IL in a very small town west of Effingham. Very tranquil. Effingham, Neoga, Vandalia, Pana all nice places.
Have always enjoyed the areas around Robinson and Olney, too. Good people. Nice rural settings. Hunting’s good and so’s the fishing. Seems that the further south you go in IL, the better it gets.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 06:52 PM

Illiopolis, montgomery county, washington county, murphysboro, jacksonville, for starters.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 11-02-2014 07:54 PM

I was born and raised in Quincy, IL, small city of 40,000 on the banks of the Mississippi. The motto has always been, if you leave, you’ll always come back to raise a family or retire. Quincy is the hub of the area. It is located in Adams County. The area between the Illinois River and Mississippi River is known as “The Golden Triangle”. This name started regarding it being one of the leading destinations in the country for whitetail deer hunting. This area includes Adams, Brown, Hancock, Schuyler, Pike, Fulton and Calhoun Counties. The terrain in this area is rolling hills and bluffs consisting of hardwood timber and fertile farmground. Different than most of the state, but similar to the lower tip of Illinois. We have the lowest unemployment in the state. Quincy was voted one of the top 10 small cities to live in in the Country. All-America City a few times, Tree City America, ect. “America’s Hometown” Hannibal, Mo is right across the river, 20 miles down. I live in the county, like many. I do what I want, no zoning or silly regulations. I’ve lived in Durham, NC in the 80’s and Leadville, Co in the 90’s and couldn’t wait to get back here. You might have people wave at you while you’re on the road driving, if you don’t have a problem with that you’ll be good. No need to carry a gun here unless you’re hunting. The State is screwed up politically and they have a special wing in the prison built for the Governors. Other than that, it’s a super place to live.

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 02:36 AM

God, you guys are the greatest. I could have searched for eons and not been able to obtain that much great information. Wowsers! Im super impressed…..very, very helpful.

I do greatly appreciate such GREAT help and information. Wrote down all of that information into my planning notebook. Thanks guys! I am so glad that I sought info up here.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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#9 posted 11-03-2014 02:42 AM

My wife is from St Clair county in O’Fallon IL. Her parents still live there, out in the country. Lots of amenities in the area. She’s saying Madison or Clinton though because of things like taxes. These are all on the east side of St. Louis and the Mississippi River.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 11-04-2014 03:31 AM

I’m in northern Will county, about forty plus miles outside of the city. Nice area for us. Taxes are a little rough but schools and park district are great. This is the fifth state we live in. It’s good your doing your homework.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 11-04-2014 04:09 AM

Thanks to all.

Dan- you say taxes are a little rough-—property taxes and the like? They are not taxing you on say livestock are they?

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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#12 posted 11-04-2014 04:57 AM

Are you looking to be along the Ohio River? I have a sister in that area.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 11-04-2014 10:52 AM

I’m not sure if the state taxes livestock.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 11-04-2014 11:46 AM

Don’t give them any ideas, Dan.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 11-04-2014 01:08 PM

Taxes levied by St. Clair County that are higher than the surrounding area are property and sales. Property is land, not cattle or cars or boats, etc. There’s also been one-party rule for many decades, which may or may not be important to you.

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