Would New Illinois be impoverished without Chicago and Cook County?

Illinois State government is disproportionately controlled by machine politicians from Chicago and Cook County. But since this northeastern urban hub is considered the economic driver of the state, would New Illinois be impoverished without it?

A:

No—as mentioned above, separated from Chicago and Cook County, New Illinois would have a population and economy greater than that of Indiana.

In addition, by stopping the flood of irresponsible spending, we can stop the growth of the debt. The urban “economic driver” of the state is also the source of much of the debt problem—while controlling our purse strings. For instance, in 2017, the residents of the rest of Illinois bailed out Chicago’s public school pension system with $221 million of OUR tax money.

By freeing ourselves from burdensome taxes and regulations, we can create a healthier economy.