Illinois politicians push for Chicago becoming 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."

April 15, 2019 - 10:30 am

(KFTK) - Artists might want to begin designing a new layout for the stars on the American flag as politicians in Illinois propose turning the Windy City into the 51st state.

The group of Republican lawmakers signing onto HR0101 feel Chicago and the state are at odds with each other when it comes to policies such as immigration, abortion, and gun rights.

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"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," said Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer to the State Journal-Register, hoping the bill will spark discussion about the effects the city's politics has on rural areas in the state. 

However, the bill seems to be more of a protest than a reality, with Davidsmeyer admitting, "It's more of a frustration of the policies than the true belief that Chicago and Illinois would be better off as separate states."

If Chicago really wants to become its on state, it would first need approval from the U.S. Congress, per the U.S. Constitution. 

Read the full bill text, here.

Last month, Washington D.C. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introduced a bill that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state.

With support from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) presented the bill that would automatically make the island part of the union within 90 days of passage if enacted.

The bill is expected to pass the Democrat controlled House, but will more than likely meet opposition in the Republican controlled Senate. 

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