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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:10 PM
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Illinois Repugs want to separate from Chicago

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.

The bill, filed by State Rep. Bill Mitchell of Decatur Tuesday, would "enact legislation dividing Illinois and Cook County into separate states" because county residents "hold different and firmly seated views" on "politics, society, and economics" from people in the rest of the state. The bill's supporters point to higher tax rates and strict gun laws in the Chicago area and contend that the northern county is out of step with its Illinois neighbors.

"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." ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/illinois-republican-wants-chicago-area-51st-state-160924927.html



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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:12 PM
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1. LOL
gun nuts - idiots
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:13 PM
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2. Let Philadelphia and it's suburbs separate from the rest of Pennsylvania.
Let the folk in the "red" areas pay their own way. Once these areas are separated, they will lose much of the economic benefit which metropolitan areas offer.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:14 PM
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3. But they're too stupid to realize that.

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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:16 PM
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4. Though Chicago would receive a sizable tax cuts as half of their sales tax
goes to the state.
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:29 PM
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5. A similar suggestion from 2008...
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:33 PM
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6. Sorry, Bill, you need Congressional approval for that
a lot of us here in Northern California would like to put a state line between dry, thirsty, smoggy SoCal and our air and water. But it just isn't as easy as that.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:41 PM
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9. Every family has that one bratty child...but who knows?
maybe that bratty child will grow up to be the one who cares for you in your old age:)
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:37 PM
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7. Bite me, Bill.
Chicago saves this state from the likes of YOUR ILK.
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:39 PM
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8. If he got his way ...
... he'd probably be surprised to find that Cook County is not the root of all liberalism.
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