Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Should Chicago Get Kicked Out of Illinois?

Two Republican legislators in Illinois propose kicking Chicago out of the state:

DECATUR — Two Republican Illinois lawmakers say Chicago-style politics are dominating the state and they have a solution. 
State Reps. Bill Mitchell of Forsyth and Adam Brown of Decatur have proposed separating Cook County from Illinois and creating a 51st state. 
WAND-TV in Decatur reports the representatives held a press conference Tuesday in Decatur to talk about their proposal.  
Brown said 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.
I like this idea, but I also think the two dudes proposing this have it wrong. I expect that because of the concentrated wealth and value in the city Chicago (Cook County) would be likely be better off and the rest of the state would be worse off if this happened. I also suspect that investment decisions and urban policy would improve because Chicago wouldn't have to appease rural constituents. Rahm Emanuel should take up this challenge. It's potentially a natural experiment for public choice economics.


Sigmund Floss said...

Chicago should demand Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane and Will counties come with it. Hell, it should also demand Northwest Indiana, and let stump-Illinois merge with Indiana. Chicagoland would be the only region-as-state, and could focus on metropolitan-level investment and planning.

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