Southern Illinois is culturally and economically different from Chicago and Cook County. So is Northern Illinois. Like Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois is mostly rural, small town and suburban. Like the people of Southern Illinois, the people of Northern Illinois have been deprived of representative government through things like vote fraud and gerrymandering.
People from Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois have a whole lot in common and many shared values. Our best chance of achieving the goal of a new state is if we all pull together.