GOP Lawmakers Propose Bill to Separate Chicago From Illinois
The legislation would be the first step toward making Chicago the 51st state
Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the measure.
“It’s more of a frustration of the policies than the true belief that Chicago and Illinois would be better off as separate states,” Davidsmeyer said. “I don’t believe that Chicago and the state of Illinois should be separated. Our relationship is mutually beneficial.”
Chicago needs to recognize how its policies impact rural Illinois, Davidsmeyer added.