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Illinois lawmakers consider separating Chicago as its own state


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For his 2015 film, director Spike Lee dubbed the Windy City 'Chi-Raq', obviously a take on the country of Iraq, for the level of gang violence and crime in America's 'Second City'. It is not another country, of course, but some lawmakers are considering whether it ought to be another state.


A group of Republican members of the state legislature have signed on to a resolution that would urge the U.S. Congress to separate the city from Illinois and make it its own state.

Speaking with the State Journal-Register, Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer said the resolution is a way to "spark discussion." And it has.

"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 told the paper. But he said he doesn't really think the separation is a solution, adding that "our relationship is mutually beneficial."

On the other hand, Rep. Brad Halbrook, one of the original sponsors of the bill, seems rather serious. The Journal-Register reports that he "supports the idea of removing Chicago from the rest of Illinois" over "ideological differences,:" offering examples like abortion and gun rights, where the urban center is out of step with the rural parts of the state.


Eh, just give it to Canada, let them deal with it...

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The rest of the State would be thrilled - most of their tax dollars (which keep going up) are used to support that black hole.

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Poll shows 44 percent of Chicagoans considered moving out

Citing the high cost of living, taxes and violence, a poll of Chicagoans 55 and older found nearly half had considered leaving and even more knew someone else who had thought about a move elsewhere.

The AARP poll was conducted in December and focused on the Chicago mayoral election, but included in the survey of more than 800 likely voters over age 55 was whether they'd considered leaving the city. Forty-four percent said they had thought about it.

AARP Illinois director Bob Gallo said the high cost of living and high taxes were the two reasons most said they considered it.:snip:

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