Will Cook County be its own state?
Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:53:35 GMT —
Some Illinois Republicans want to separate Cook County from the rest of Illinois.
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Two Republican Illinois lawmakers say Chicago-style politics are dominating the state and they have a solution.
State Representatives Bill Mitchell of Forsyth and Adam Brown of Decatur have proposed separating Cook County from Illinois and creating a 51st state.
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The representatives held a press conference Tuesday in Decatur, Ill. to talk about their proposal.
Brown says Chicago is overshadowing the rest of the state. Mitchell says families in other parts of the state believe Chicago is "dictating its views."
They've proposed Cook County, which is the second most populous county in the U.S., to become one state and the other 101 counties in Illinois to become another.