“A state Republican legislator has introduced a bill to the Illinois General Assembly to separate the Chicago’s county from the state–effectively making the midwestern city the 51st state in the union” via Yahoo! News.
I’m just thinking aloud here:
- We could fix our own transit funding issues. We wouldn’t have to compete with transit funding for downstate agencies (at the state level, competition at the federal level would still exist).
- We’d be a very small state, 5.3 million.
- Metra would be tough to deal with, unless it came under CTA control first! Har har.
- I think this could make the State of Chicago a larger economic powerhouse without the meddling of so many different legislators.
What else would be different if Chicago (and Cook county) was its own state?
“These liberal policies are an insult to the traditional values of downstate families,” Mitchell told the Decatur Tribune. “When I talk to constituents, one of the biggest things I hear is ‘Chicago should be its own state . . . .Our voters’ voices were drowned out by Chicago.”
That’s kind of funny. Like Chicagoans are a bunch of abortion-having, dolphin-saving, vegan, bisexual couples.