Remember when Lawmakers were hoping a third time would work like a charm? Illinois lawmakers had one thing in mind in 2019, to get Chicago out of the state. Some fun ways to describe the attempt are:

  • "Hit the road, Jack!"
  • "Sayonara, sucker!"
  • "Hasta la vista!"
  • "Don't let the door hit you on the @$$ on the way out."

Those are just a few ways Illinois Representatives Brad Halbrook, Chris Miller, and Darren Bailey wanted to say goodbye to Chicagoans had HR0101 actually became reality.

Lawmakers Dislike Chicago So Much They Want It Ousted From IL
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Three state reps from southern Illinois have had it with "Chicago's" stances on gun ownership, abortion, immigration, and other political stuff. According to, this was not the first attempt at kicking Chicago out of Illinois.

This is not the first time in the state's 200 year history that measures have been taken to separate the State of Illinois from the City of Chicago: in 1925, Western Illinoisians declared their region as the "Republic of Forgottonia," and in 1981, State Senator Howard Caroll tried to get Cook County split off into its own state.

Can you imagine the tiny little state of Chicago? How would Illinois function as a state if Chicago weren't included? Would Illinoisans be better or worse off than right now?

Obviously, this bill didn't pass and Chicago remains in Illinois but the idea is bound to appear again. On a related note, the same thing happened on the west coast. Lawmakers thought it would be a great idea to break California into three states. That idea failed, too.


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