‘New Illinois’ group prepares to declare independence from Illinois on Saturday

A group preparing to declare its independence from Illinois said residents are growing frustrated because they say they aren’t being properly represented at the Illinois statehouse.

G.H. Merritt is the chairman of New Illinois, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group that plans to declare independence from Illinois from the Hancock County court steps this Saturday.

“We have a lot of support from the red side, you know the libertarians and the Republicans, but I really believe that’s mostly because those are the people that live in the area that doesn’t have a voice,” Merritt said.

After Saturday’s declaration, the group will lobby state lawmakers to get on board, she said.

State Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, said he’s open to having a conversation with members of the group.

“I think with a county and a community down there trying to declare independence is just their right to do it but I think that’s what you call cutting your nose off to spite your face,” Ford said.

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