Illinois Republicans are pushing to separate the city of Chicago from the rest of Illinois due to irreconcilable political differences.
Chicago to Separate from Illinois?
The dominance and the overall popularity of Democrats in Chicago has caused the Republicans from the state of Illinois to propose a rather extreme solution. Namely, the Republicans in this state believe that separating Chicago from the rest of Illinois, thus forming a whole new state in the USA, would be a reasonable solution to the current political and economic instability.
The Republican Party representatives in Illinois are convinced that the city of Chicago is damaging not just the political and social interests of the state, but also the industry and the economy of Illinois. Republicans state that Chicago and the rest of Illinois have different and irreconcilable interests. Chicago strives to get closer to the reputation of New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, while the rest of Illinois aims for the economic victory over Indiana and Missouri. The general opinion of the Republican party is that these irreconcilable differences are driving rural Illinois and Chicago further apart.
The Core of the Issue
There is also a question of deep and crucial political disagreements between the left-wing Chicago and Republicans in Illinois. The two sides have entirely different opinions on abortions, illegal immigrants, and gun ownership. These political differences induce different social, economic, and legal goals, and according to Republicans, this is the core of the issue.
What are the odds of this push succeeding — it’s hard and early to say. Republicans drafted a resolution, but the document doesn’t have the same power as legislation does. This means that the proposition needs to survive the state legislature and Congress. So, Republicans are working on a statement that would support the push. At this point, there is no legislation that would officially and legally separate Chicago from the rest of Illinois.
The History of Bad Blood
If we approach and analyze this proposal initiated by Republicans taking into account the precedents from U.S. history, we could notice that the chances for this idea to succeed are not negligible. Maine and West Virginia both successfully split from the states that they belonged to. Also, there is a long history of political disagreements between Chicago and the rest of the state. Back in 1925, the city of Chicago passed the resolution to form a separate state. After almost two centuries of disputes, disagreements, rivalry, and opposed interests, the state of Illinois and Chicago are once again talking about going separate ways. However, this proposal seems to be a sequel to the 2017 proposal made by Robert Marshall to split Illinois into three states. It was proposed that the first state be Chicago, the second the suburbs, and the third the rest of Illinois.
The initiative to turn Chicago into a whole new state is gaining popularity and support of both the co-sponsors in the Illinois state’s house and the activists. The eight Republicans in the state’s House that support the initiative seem optimistic about it. The number of conservative activists that welcome this resolution is rising as they gather signatures for the referenda and promote the idea. In the meantime, the southern Effingham County has already passed the separation referendum.
The Gesture or the Legal Fight?
The whole talk about the initiative escalated quickly because the Illinois conservatives believe that Chicago has a disproportionate amount of money and political power at their disposal. Republican Brad Halbrook says that he is very serious about the idea and believes that this resolution will benefit the state of Illinois in both social and economic way. On the other side, there are Republicans that see this resolution as a social and political gesture, a method of expressing frustration towards the politics of Chicago. One of these Republicans is C. D. Davidsmeyer. He believes that Chicago and the rest of Illinois benefit from each other but that it’s still important to express the concern towards the liberal politics of the city.
The vital thing to note here is that if the resolution passes, Chicago and the rest of Illinois will have different constitutions. This would allow both Chicago and the rest of Illinois to reach legal, political, and economic independence from each other. This opportunity is one of the principal reasons that led Republicans to think that the state of Illinois will resolve its most significant issues if the resolution passes.