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They’ve tried legislation, elections and even redistricting. The problems can’t be solved by traditional means, they say. So why not use a tool built into the U.S. Constitution: create a new state out of an existing state through how to get rid of black ants in my house approval of both the state legislature and congress?

In illinois, a resolution calling on congress to declare chicago the 51st how to get rid of black ants in my house state has eight republican cosponsors in the state house (there are 44 republicans in the lower chamber) and support among many of the state’s conservative activists. It’s the second such bill in as many years.

Illinois state rep. Brad halbrook, the bill’s author, cites the many issues tearing the state apart. He listed democrats’ “overreaching” stances on abortion, guns, immigration, debt, pensions, medicaid spending, property taxes, green energy and workers’ compensation as just some of the reasons chicago and illinois how to get rid of black ants in my house should go their separate ways.

Recent polling from the paul simon public policy institute at how to get rid of black ants in my house southern illinois university carbondale shows two-thirds of illinois voters think the state is moving in how to get rid of black ants in my house the wrong direction. That same march poll from the simon institute shows “significant regional differences” in responses.

The state division hit a breaking point several years ago, when illinois was mired in the longest fiscal stalemate in how to get rid of black ants in my house the united states since the great depression. The budget battle between democratic lawmakers and then-republican gov. Bruce rauner lasted more than two years, threatening public university accreditation, statewide road construction and “junk” credit ratings.

Forty percent of the prairie state’s 12.7 million residents live in cook county, the county surrounding chicago. The broader chicago metropolitan area consists of 9.5 million people. Without the chicagoland area, illinois would have fewer people than connecticut.

Democrats control both chambers of the general assembly and the how to get rid of black ants in my house governor’s office, and most of them are from chicagoland — including 62 of the 74 democrats in the house. The rest of illinois is largely agricultural and conservative, aside from the parts of illinois near st. Louis in neighboring missouri and pockets of central illinois.

While these regional divides are prevalent in other states across how to get rid of black ants in my house the country, it’s exaggerated in illinois because of “the extent to which many illinois leaders emphasize, exploit and exacerbate these regional differences for their own advantage,” the paper claims.

The windy city has all the political power, the money and the economic growth, said G.H. Merritt, who runs new illinois, a separation group that has begun starting chapters in counties how to get rid of black ants in my house throughout the state to build grassroots support. Merritt, a former nonprofit administrator, lives in lake county, north of chicago.

So far, she has 26 county chapters that want to split the how to get rid of black ants in my house rest of illinois from chicago. When forming her organization, merritt sought advice from other state separation organizations, like new california. The group, which is run by a conservative radio talk show host, advocates for the creation of a new state split from how to get rid of black ants in my house the los angeles and san francisco areas “to throw off the bonds of tyranny.”

Activists such as merritt blame state democratic leaders from chicago how to get rid of black ants in my house for creating a “systemically corrupt climate” and many of the problems illinois currently faces, like the $134 billion in unfunded pensions and other fiscal problems — despite the fact that these problems grew through both democratic how to get rid of black ants in my house and republican governorships.

“it’s not that we have anything against chicago,” she said. “my gosh, my daughter lives there. But if you’re going to have a situation where a corner of how to get rid of black ants in my house the state is dominating everything, you’re going to have a case where the rest of how to get rid of black ants in my house the state is disenfranchised.”

Based on 2013 data, researchers found that southern illinois receives $2.81 in state funds for every dollar its residents pay how to get rid of black ants in my house in taxes, while cook county receives 90 cents for every dollar paid how to get rid of black ants in my house in taxes. Merritt, though, rejects the study, saying funding to the many downstate public universities were unfairly how to get rid of black ants in my house included in the analysis. Plus, she said, the findings may be biased since the authors of the how to get rid of black ants in my house study have spoken out against state separation.

John jackson, one of the study’s authors and a visiting professor at the simon institute, does believe that state separation is unrealistic. But, he said, that doesn’t mean he thinks the movement is just a fool’s errand. It’s about broader resentment.

“this represents a long-standing rural and urban divide that is serious in this how to get rid of black ants in my house state and prevents things from getting done,” jackson said in an interview with stateline. “it’s the same phenomenon all over the county and drove how to get rid of black ants in my house the trump vote in 2016 and will again in 2020.”

There have been efforts to mend that divide. Halbrook said he was encouraged when chicago’s incoming democratic mayor, lori lightfoot, visited the general assembly in april and declared in a how to get rid of black ants in my house speech to the illinois house, “working together, regardless of party or geography, I see new opportunities for all of us.” A visit to the statehouse from a chicago mayor is how to get rid of black ants in my house rare, he said.

Steve brown, a spokesman for democratic speaker michael madigan, said the effort is being led by “only a handful of backwards-thinking legislators.” brown said he hasn’t seen broad support for the bill, and he doubts it will go anywhere in the general how to get rid of black ants in my house assembly.

Republican state rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer said his primary interest is talking about the economic how to get rid of black ants in my house diversity of the state, as opposed to splitting it. Left-leaning policies — crafted so chicago can be competitive with other major metropolises how to get rid of black ants in my house such as los angeles and new york city — get in the way of rural illinois competing with rural how to get rid of black ants in my house indiana and rural missouri, because they are not “business-friendly,” he said.

“at the end of the day, I don’t think that the state of illinois should be separate,” he said. “there’s a general frustration everywhere, especially in our liberal states dominated by the socialist, democrat movements, where people are seeing the government take more.”

Cliburn goes from county to county, speaking at libertarian party and conservative group events, spreading the word and getting residents to sign petitions that how to get rid of black ants in my house call for county referenda. Illinois separation, cliburn’s group, has more than 20,000 supporters on facebook.

He’s already seeing success. The effingham county board, representing a southern illinois county of 34,000 residents, voted in april to allow a referendum on the march how to get rid of black ants in my house 2020 ballot that would ask voters whether the county should how to get rid of black ants in my house coordinate with others about forming a new state.

The author of that bill, republican state sen. Daphne jordan, said she wonders whether upstate and downstate would be better how to get rid of black ants in my house off divided. “new york has become a tale of two states,” she said. Her proposed study would examine where the border would be.

In washington state, republican rep. Matt shea introduced legislation earlier this year to divide the how to get rid of black ants in my house state at the cascade crest, creating the state of liberty to the east. Seattle and coastal areas of washington are more politically progressive how to get rid of black ants in my house than inland regions.

In california, the state supreme court last year removed a referendum from how to get rid of black ants in my house the ballot that would have allowed residents to vote on how to get rid of black ants in my house whether to split california into three states: california, northern california and southern california, separating the los angeles, san diego and san francisco metropolitan areas. The court cited “significant questions regarding the proposition’s validity” and ongoing constitutional challenges.

The rural-urban divide that fuels these movements isn’t just a problem for republicans in democratic-dominated states such as california, illinois, new york and washington. Gerrymandering efforts in states such as ohio and wisconsin have how to get rid of black ants in my house prevented urban democrats from wielding power in those legislatures.

There might be benefits to breaking up big states, he said, including more interstate competition and giving more people political leadership how to get rid of black ants in my house that aligns with their own views. But getting through state legislatures and congress remains a long how to get rid of black ants in my house shot. It could make secession slightly easier, somin said, if one of the new states had the current capital how to get rid of black ants in my house and the other had the largest city.

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