About Us

New Illinois, Inc. is a grassroots organization seeking 501(c)(4) nonprofit status. Our mission is to educate Illinois citizens about their RIGHT to seek to form a new state from the State of Illinois and to separate from the tyranny existing there. We are seeking a state split according to the procedures established in Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, following the West Virginia model.

Our vision is of a state free from a tyrannical form of government, where residents will be able to experience a government representing their constitutional rights, as guaranteed in Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

G. H. Merritt - Founder

Like many Illinoisans, our family has talked about leaving the state for a few years, because of the high taxes and corruption. I even asked my attorney cousin, since we live near the state line, if it was possible for our county to secede from Illinois and join Wisconsin. He laughed.

Then one day it struck me: Why should WE have to leave? My dad’s family, pictured above on their Crystal Lake farm, moved to Illinois in 1870. Why not stay and fight for our home?

The Constitution guarantees representative government--but Illinois allows cronies, groups like public sector unions, and urban government entities (i.e. Chicago and Cook County) to wield disproportionate power. Illinois’ legendary government corruption, fiscal mismanagement, and pay-to-play politics have adversely impacted the rest of us (rural, small town and suburban residents), stealing our voice, and has created a financial disaster.

New Illinois State believes the situation in our state is beyond reformation. We believe that the only way the citizens can escape from this corruption, obtain truly representative government, and achieve financial recovery is through a state split provided for in Article IV, Sec. 3 of the U.S. Constitution, following the West Virginia model.