Why this state senator left Illinois for Texas

Roger Keats was an Illinois State senator and a Republican Cook County Board President candidate.

Two years ago, Keats and his wife, Tina, decided they couldn’t take Illinois any longer. And so, “voting with their feet and their wallets,” they left the state that had been their home for 60 years, for Texas.

They bade farewell to their Illinois friends in a Wilmette Beacon article and with the letter below which is published in Illinois Review and many other sites. The letter has gone viral, widely disseminated via email.

Just remember President Lucifer the POS began his political career in Illinois!

H/t FOTM’s igor.


Roger & Tina Keats Roger and Tina Keats


As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well.  I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it.  After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart.  BUT enough is enough!  The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we can’t continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here.  I remember when Illinois had 25 congressmen.  In 2012 we will have 18.  Compared to the rest of the country we have lost 1/4rd of our population.  Don’t blame the weather, because I love 4 seasons.

Illinois just sold still more bonds and our credit rating is so bad we pay higher interest rates than junk bonds! Junk Bonds!  Illinois is ranked:

  • 50th for fiscal policy;
  • 47th in job creation;
  • 1st in unfunded pension liabilities;
  • 2nd largest budget deficit;
  • 1st in failing schools;
  • 1st in bonded indebtedness;
  • highest sales tax in the nation;
  • most judges indicted (Operations Greylord and Gambat).

Five of our last 9 elected governors have been indicted.  That is more than the other 49 states added together!  Then add 32 Chicago Aldermen and (according to the Chicago Tribune) over 1000 state and municipal employees indicted.

The corruption tax is a real cost of doing business.  We are the butt of jokes for stand up comics. We live in the most corrupt big city, in the most corrupt big county in the most corrupt state in America.  I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks.  A day rarely passes without an article about the corruption and incompetence.  Chicago even got caught rigging the tests to hire police and firemen!

Our Crook County CORPORATE property tax system is intentionally corrupt.  The Democrat State Chairman who is also the Speaker of the Illinois House and the most senior alderman in Chicago each make well over a million dollars a year putting the fix in for their client’s tax assessments.

We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax while Illinois’ just went up 67%.  Texas’ sales tax is ½ of ours, which is the highest in the nation.  Southern states are supportive of job producers, tax payers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents.  Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.

In The Hill Country of Texas (near Austin and San Antonio) we bought a gracious home on almost 2 acres with a swimming pool.  It is new, will cost us around 40% of what our home in Wilmette just sold for and the property taxes are 1/3rd of what they are here.  Crook County’s property tax system is a disaster: Wilmette homes near ours sell for 50% more and their property taxes are ½ of ours.  Our assessed home value was 50% higher than the sales price.  The system is unfair and incompetent. Our home value is down 40%, our property taxes are up 20% and our local schools have still another referendum on the ballot to increase taxes over 20% in one year.

I could go on, but enough is enough.  I feel as if we are standing on the deck of the Titanic and I can see the icebergs right in front of us.

I will miss our friends a great deal.  I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life.  But it is time to go where there is honest, competent and cost effective government.  We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets.

Our best wishes to all of you,


Roger and Tina Keats


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Tim Shey

I love it when people vote with their feet. I have hitchhiked through Texas many times over the years. I met a lot of Christians in Texas. In my hitchhiking travels, I have met the friendliest people in Nebraska and Texas.

Roger and Tina Keats are leaving Illinois for the some of the same reasons people are leaving New York and California.

Tim Shey

I love how the Lord works. This post is confirmation on what happened to me just over a month ago in Idaho.

I was hitchhiking in Idaho and this guy from Romania picked me up. His name was Pete and he was a Christian. He said that people should leave Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago. I have heard people talk about getting out of LA, San Fran and Vegas, but I have never heard of anyone telling people to leave Chicago. I think this is VERY interesting.

“A Disciple of Christ”


He will love it. I was born and raised in Texas. I tried Calif. and NY and ran back to Texas as fast as I could!


As one who was born and raised in the Windy City, I heartily understand why they did this; the corruption was bad when my family left in 1958 and it’s only grown worse since. Although Illinois should collapse, it likely won’t until it runs out of friends in high places. If Abe Lincoln returned he’d clean house so fast there be a cyclone!


L.M.A.O. trough the whole article . Not at the couple, at their description of what life is like in ILLLLLLLLLLLLINOIS . Also born and raised in Chicago , left in ’86 and never looked back . The suburb of Wilmette is rather pricey . I’m sure they got hosed tax-wise much like the citizens of N. Fulton county do .


To that I say…..



just in our little town of Leander has had a growth spur of people from Cali pouring in. Leander is a nice and still has a small town feel. Neighbors are friendly and helpful. Love thy neighbor as yourself.

mike diamond
mike diamond

you will love texas! welcome!


What a smart and lucky man Senator Keats is. I hope to follow him soon…