Illinois lawmaker proposes making Chicago its own state

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An Illinois lawmaker has proposed a referendum in the House that would separate the city of Chicago from the rest of the state.

State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-69th District) announced Friday that he has co-sponsored a House Resolution Bill (HR 1138) that would allow voters to determine if Chicago should be given its own sovereign state status. 

In a press release, Sosnowski compares the referendum to the U.K.’s Brexit movement to separate the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU).

Sosnowski says the bill is in response to the gerrymandering of congressional districts that gives Chicago an overrepresentation in issues that matter to Illinois voters.

“I hear from countless voters across downstate Illinois and the suburbs who support a separation between Chicago and the rest of the state. A separation will allow for more compromise and representation of downstate concerns versus that of a major metropolitan city lead by an entrenched political regime,” Sosnowski said.

You can read Sosnowski’s full article here.

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