24 Illinois Counties Voted to Separate from Chicago

On April 6, Edgar County became the 24th Illinois county to vote in a county referendum to separate itself from Chicago. Voters passed the measure 83% to 17%.

Twenty-three counties in Illinois voted in county referendums to separate their counties from Chicago according to preliminary election results posted by county clerks Nov 3 or reported by phone Nov 4. Three of these counties voted in March 2020, 20 in November 2020, and Edgar County voted on April 6, 2021.

One county was 63% in favor, 23 counties were between 70% and 80% in favor, and Edgar County voted 83% in favor.

The attached map displays the results. These results are not available at the state website because they were county (not state) referendums posted on various official local websites that report county election results.

In November, this big news was sorely under-reported. It only appeared in full here: https://illinoisnewsroom.org/23-counties-and-counting-downstate-separation-referendum-wins-favor-in-november-election

This month, there doesn’t seem to have been any reporting on Edgar County’s result.


The largest group of counties that voted on the issue are a group bordering southern Indiana, as is Edgar County.  The Illinois General Assembly would be reluctant to add two Republicans to the US Senate, which is a likely consequence of splitting Illinois into two states. It is possible that the Assembly might be willing to let these counties share Indiana’s senators by moving the Indiana/Illinois state line.   State borders have been moved many times in US history.  Most recently, in 1961 Minnesota and North Dakota moved their common border. For more on this, see  https://redstatesecession.org/how-illinois-counties-can-join-a-neighboring-state

Getting rid of these counties would actually improve Illinois’ state budget outlook.  Yet if Indiana is choosy about which counties it selects, it could annex a group of counties that would match Indiana’s average income. 

Illinois’ legislature certainly wouldn’t miss the republican state legislators that downstate Illinois sends to Springfield. As the Left and Right in America grow more distant, and the friction between them grows more dangerous, moving state borders may be the necessary way to de-escalate.  

One prominent Kentucky legislator is considering introducing a bill to do a study of the effects of, and options for, including Illinois counties into their state.

Contrary to reports, the author of the petitions and signature-collection efforts is Collin Cliburn of “The Illinois Separation”, not GH Merrit’s “New Illinois.”

Supporters of the plan to move the Illinois border had a Facebook group of 3500 people called Downstate Illinois Secession, but it was disabled by Facebook. The group moved to a social media site called MeWe here: https://mewe.com/group/5fa879b2b8d1266433e66141

Action steps:

Supporters are encouraged to ask their Illinois state legislators to contact us to connect them with the Kentucky legislator. Our email is admin ~at~ RedStateSecession.org

5 thoughts on “24 Illinois Counties Voted to Separate from Chicago

  1. It’s got to be more than just Chicago, Cook County itself has seen it’s suburbs degenerate and the stink is the entire Chicagoland area. Cut it off at the 41st parallel just south of Kankakee. Then we won’t be ruled by communist criminals voted in by the bad people living up there.

  2. Another big problem I see is all the Universities and Prisons are downstate. A divorce would leave the northern part without enough prison and university capacity and an excess downstate.

  3. I posted a comment on another page about counties going to Iowa. Does your petition specify what state the county would go to? I would love if Knox County and all the counties north & west of it joined Iowa.

    1. The petition that has been used so far is the one created by Illinois Separation. It just talks about creating a new state out of Chicago. I think a better question for the voters would include the possibility of joining another state.

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