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Phillips suggests making Chicago its own state

Local Government

By Angela Underwood | Jun 6, 2018

Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) presenting HR1138, which would make Chicago its own state.

State Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) said Chicago should be its own state.

Presenting the idea to the House floor at the May 29 debate of HR1138, Phillips said it's time to separate the city that already divides the state.

“The City of Chicago and the downstate approach issues from completely different perspectives and have very little in common,” Phillips said.

The fact is often seen, especially on the House floor, Phillips said.

 “Chicago is frequently exempted from legislation being considered,” Phillips said.

As a downstater, Phillips said he finds the matter frustrating. 

“The City of Chicago often comes to the state seeking more and more funding,” he said. “I think it is time we thought very seriously about making the City of Chicago its own state.”

He said if Chicago can be carved out of legislation, it can be carved out of the state just as California’s recent discussions to separate the Golden State.

“Why can’t we have these discussions here,” Phillips asked.  

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