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Thousands are leaving Illinois for Wisconsin each year

Posted at 6:00 AM, Jul 30, 2019

SHOREWOOD -- The cost of living in Illinois is pushing thousands to move to Wisconsin each year.

Doug and Katie Sichmeller moved to Shorewood, Wis. after living in Illinois for 20 years.

"I was firmly set on staying in Chicago," said Doug.

What Doug did not realize was that his wife devised a plan to move back to the Badger State. Katie had been researching the market for five years.

"I grew up in a very small town in New Glarus," she said. "I loved everything about it and I wanted that for my kids."

This family is not alone. A Marquette Law School study found nearly 3,000 people are moving to Wisconsin each year from the Chicago-metro area. About half are coming from Cook County alone.

Suzanne Powers of Powers Realty group has taken notice. She says the cities Chicagoans are most interested in are on the north shore.

"Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, and you do have a lot of bang for your buck," Powers said. "They like that they can get to their kids' play in the afternoon that the commute to downtown is just 10 minutes."

Along with finding the Shorewood home of their dreams, they are no longer planning on paying for private school for their two boys.

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