Should Chicago and Illinois Become Two States? [POLL]
Yesterday, I talked about one of the post-election inevitabilities in people declaring their intention to leave the country, yet not following through once they realize how daunting a prospect that is. Now let's discuss another inevitable post-election discussion: The disconnect between rural and urban voters. Disconnect is not a bad thing. It's just that there are issues affecting urban voters that don't affect rural voters, and there are issues affecting rural voters that don't affect urban voters. Again, it's not a bad thing. It's just like how there's weather in Florida that doesn't affect people in Alaska, and vice versa.
With that in mind, the discussion ultimately turns to, "Should State Separate from Metro Area?" And you can swap in any state with a major metro area in for that. There have been several propositions over the years for upstate New York to sever ties with New York City. As recently as 2014, there was an initiative to get California broken up into six separate states (didn't make the ballot). As a longtime resident of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I'm no stranger to the proposed State of Superior.
The argument in favor is usually that disconnect between voters and demographics. The needs of one area, which is a voting minority, do not match the needs of another, which is a majority. So they want to split to be able to control their own interests.
After the recent Brexit (British-Exit) vote over in the UK, a few news outlets entertained the notion of of Chexit (Chicago-Exit). And it's an interesting prospect. Illinois has 12.8 million people, with the Chicagoland metro area accounting for 9.7 million of that. That's 75 percent. Why are people all the way down in Marion, Ill. being held to Chicago standards? Why are we in Quincy and Adams County held to Chicago standards?
Should Chicago and Illinois part ways?