Group Preparing to Declare Independence from Illinois

Group Preparing to Declare Independence from Illinois

A group is preparing to declare its independence from Illinois. They said the residents are growing frustrated because they feel they aren’t being properly represented at the Illinois statehouse. New Illinois, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group is planning to declare independence from Illinois from the steps of Hancock County on Saturday.

G.H. Merritt is the chairman of New Illinois. He said, “We have a lot of support from the red side, you know the libertarians and the Republicans, but I really believe that’s mostly because those are the people that live in the area that doesn’t have a voice.” She said they will be lobbying with state lawmakers after Saturday’s declaration to get them on board.

State Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago is open to talk to the group members but is downplaying the group’s chances of achieving their goals. Ford said, “I think with a county and a community down there trying to declare independence is just their right to do it but I think that’s what you call cutting your nose off to spite your face.”

New Illinois has a strong backing behind them. 20 counties have ratified the resolutions supporting the effort. The group’s goal is to get all the counties on board except Cook. Southern Illinoisans aren’t the only frustrated residents. Merritt said Chicago’s politics is controlling the rest of the state and is not represented well.

“Up in Lake County, people are exiting the state, people are complaining about the state, people are supporting our movement, and it’s not because anybody’s all worked up about all of their money going to Alexander County, it’s because of the corruption, it’s because of the taxes.” Corruption has engraved itself with Illinois. Recent bribery charges against lawmakers and federal investigations are growing in numbers.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Plazas planned for 10 Chicago neighborhoods
Supported with funding from the Chicago Recovery Plan, 10 new public plazas will create spaces
Buffalo Grove High School Student Killed in Shooting at Stoplight in Chicago
A 16-year-old boy and a 19 year-old male were stopped at a red light in
$21 million announced for infrastructure projects in Cahokia Heights
The city of Cahokia Heights will receive $21 million for infrastructure projects, Gov. JB Pritzker
City of Naperville Announces Jason Arres as Next Police Chief
The City of Naperville is pleased to announce that Jason Arres, who currently serves as
AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust hosts worker appreciation luncheon at Salesforce Tower project
The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) and the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation (ITC) recently hosted a
Restore Illinois Plan. Northeast Region Weekly Update April 10, 2021
I hope this message finds you safe and well.  Starting on Monday, April 12th, the
Steel top 2021 biosteel all-american game roster with five selections
The Chicago Steel will be represented by five players, the most of any team in
Former Scott AFB Airman Sentenced to Prison For Distributing Child Pornography
East St. Louis, Ill. – Jace Faugno, 25, of Paducah, Kentucky, has been sentenced to
Data Centers Recieve Credits & Incentives from Illinois
The data centers investment program provides owners and operators with exemptions from a variety of
Illinois Set to Enact New Law Limiting Criminal Convictions in Employment Decisions
Illinois has long limited employers from considering the criminal history of an applicant or employee