It’s no secret that Cook County is a disaster. The Democrat-controlled county is responsible for most of the crime in Illinois, and it consistently votes to raise taxes on the rest of the state. As a result, the rest of Illinois is held hostage every election cycle. Enough is enough! Now, several counties in Illinois are trying to break away from Cook County and form their own state.
On Election Day 2022, voters in 27 counties in the state passed non-binding referendums urging elected officials to participate in conversations focused on ending ties with the State of Illinois.
New Illinois is a nonprofit organization that educates Illinois citizens about their right to pursue the creation of new state from the State of Illinois. They are seeking a state split, following the process provided in the U.S. Constitution (Article IV, Sec. 3). This is the same way that West Virginia split from Virginia. This divide is not between Democrats and Republicans—it is urban vs. rural, small town and suburban.
The solution to this problem is a state split. By splitting Illinois into two states, urban and rural areas can govern themselves according to their own needs and values. This would free up rural communities from being forced to subsidize Chicago’s problems, and it would allow Chicago to enact its own policies without having to worry about how they will impact the rest of the state. A state split is the only way to solve this problem once and for all. I actually think that several states need to do this.
It’s time for a change in Illinois. We cannot continue to be held hostage by Cook County any longer. A state split is the only solution that will allow us to govern ourselves according to our own needs and values.