The so-called “Second City” may eventually become the next state, after frustration regarding Chicago’s influence over politics in Illinois.
A group of state Republican lawmakers recently signed on to legislation proposing the nation’s third-largest city become the 51st state.
“It’s more of a frustration of the policies than the true belief that Chicago and Illinois would be better off as separate states,” Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer told the State Journal-Register. “I don’t believe that Chicago and the state of Illinois should be separated. Our relationship is mutually beneficial.”
Davidsmeyer said he co-sponsored the legislation to spark a discussion about how the city’s politics impact rural residents in downstate Illinois.
“The reality is the city of Chicago is competing with New York City and L.A. and San Francisco, and (downstate is) competing against rural Indiana and rural Missouri,” he told the State Journal-Register. “The policies that come down from Chicago are actually pushing our economic opportunity away.”
Forming a new state from a portion of a current state requires endorsement from Congress and the state legislature, according to the U.S. Constitution.