One of the major ballot issues that wasn’t overly talked about, but has brought about a lot of conversation is counties wanting Chicago separated from Illinois. Christian, Shelby, and Moultrie Counties voted yesterday in favor of pushing that forward. Downstate Counties have talked about making Chicago a separate state due to many counties feeling that they have not had their fair share of voice heard politically.
Out of over 16,000 votes cast in Christian County, 63% voted in favor of wanting Chicago separated from Illinois. In Shelby County, they saw very similar results with 72% of the 12,100 ballots cast in favor of Chicago becoming the 51st state. Over in Moultrie County, out of 6,700 ballots cast, 70% asked for the change.
While still early, it is clear many counties are getting tired of the control of the state from Cook County and Chicago.