What about having a new state of Southern Illinois that only includes the southern 1/3 or ½ of the State of Illinois? (aka “Draw a line!!! South of I-80!!!)

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We have been told by financial experts that, by itself, the southern 1/3 of the counties would not be viable as a state in terms of population and economy. Including as much of the state as possible gives the state split movement the best chance of success. If all 101 counties outside of Cook join the new state, it would have a population and an economy exceeding that of Indiana.