Why can’t the people just take a vote on this RIGHT NOW!!?

A:

A vote of the people—a referendum—is not part of the constitutional process for splitting the state. A referendum only gives an opinion.

The constitutional process includes getting the consent of the state legislature and the consent of the U.S. Congress. The people of Illinois need to vote for state representatives and senators who support this movement. They should also contact their state representatives and senators who are already in office to urge them to support it.