Central Illinois Lawmaker Files Resolution to U.S. Congress to Separate Chicago from Rest of State

Central Illinois Lawmaker Files Resolution to U.S. Congress to Separate Chicago from Rest of State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — State Rep. Brad Halbrook of Shelbyville has filed a resolution appealing to the United States Congress to separate Chicago from Illinois and making it a new state.

The resolution filed February 7 is co-sponsored by State Reps. Darren Bailey of Louisville, and Chris Miller of Robinson.

Halbrook said Monday that he filed the resolution to bring attention to the disconnect between the Chicago area and the rest of the state.

Halbrook said he has heard that some people from the northeast corner of the state say that Illinois could not survive without Chicago, and because of that sentiment, Halbrook said those from that area should be the “first in line” to advocate for the separation.

Studies have shown that downstate Illinois receives twice the amount of tax dollars from the state than it contributes.