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As California considers dividing into 3 states, could Illinois consider dividing, too?




SPRINGFIELD – Because enough California voters signed onto a proposal that would create three separate states with California's current borders, what they're calling "Cal 3" will be on the General Election ballot for consideration in November. 

"The California state government isn't too big to fail, because it is already failing its citizens in so many crucial ways," Citizens for Cal 3 campaign spokeswoman Peggy Grande said Tuesday. "The reality is that for an overmatched, overstretched and overwrought state-government structure, it is too big to succeed. Californians deserve a better future."

Under the "Cal 3" proposal, each state would have about 12.3 million to 13.9 million people: "California" would include six counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and San Benito counties. "Southern California" would include 12 counties: San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Mono, Madera, Inyo, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Kern and Imperial counties. "Northern California" would include 40 counties including the San Francisco Bay Area and the remaining counties north of Sacramento.

California is different from Illinois, in that voter-led referendum there can have an effect on public policy, whereas in Illinois, all referendum are advisory only.

But the California proposal brings to mind a resolution introduced in the Illinois General Assembly just before the end of session by GOP State Reps. Reginald Phillips - Brad Halbrook and Joe Sosnowski, who voiced their dismay with Chicago politics, its weight on the state's finances and the city's radical Leftist views on major social issues. 

Democrat leadership in the Illinois House did not move the resolution out of Rules Committee before the end of session. 


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  1. Ummm…doesn’t 2×2=4? (Net two new states with two senators each); also Central and far Southern California would likely be a red state…look at the election maps from their recent primary; that said – it’ll likely never happen

  2. The Chicago Machine has effective control of the entire state. They’ll never voluntarily surrender the power they have over Illinois outside of Chicago, and they have the control in the legislature to thwart any move toward dividing the state in the normal course of politics.