Illinois is a failed state that does not fulfill its responsibilities to its citizens. The biggest problem is that it does not represent our constitutional rights (Article IV, Sec. 4).
The U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican form of government—this means for the benefit of the citizens rather than for the benefit of a ruler. James Madison described this type of government as one that obtains all its power from the people (Federalist Papers Number 39).
Though representative government is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, Illinois favors certain people, groups, and urban areas—most notably, Chicago and Cook County—which means that the rest of the state experiences a disproportionate lack of power. Rural, small town and suburban state residents are not experiencing the benefits of a republican form of government. The State of Illinois’ legendary government corruption, fiscal mismanagement and pay-to-play politics have harmed the residents of the rest of the state—rural, small town and suburban citizens outside of the northeastern urban hub.
This government corruption has led to Illinois’ current financial crisis. The State of Illinois has driven us down the road to ruin and is unwilling or unable (by virtue of the Pension Protection Clause of the Illinois Constitution) to stop and address the coming financial collapse. Illinoisans are leaving the state in droves because of its high taxes, high regulations and corruption.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence declares that people are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and can alter or abolish a government destructive of those rights. We believe the situation in Illinois is beyond reformation and will only be remedied through the state split process given to us in the U.S. Constitution.