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What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln
Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 JUN 17 | By John Kass•Contact Reporter

Posted on 06/22/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT by DCBryan1

llinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.

But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money.

Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday.

So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan.

And here it is:

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; chitown; cookcounty; cookcountyil; crook; crookcounty; democrat; democratled; democratrun; il; illinois; otherpeoplesmoney; pension; pensions; rahm; rahmemanuel; union; unionled; unionpension; unions
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Great article, love the map:

John Kass's modest proposal for the dissolution of Illinois: Carve up the failed state and let the rest of the Midwest have it. (Ryan Marx)

1 posted on 06/22/2017 7:40:38 AM PDT by DCBryan1
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To: DCBryan1

Wisconsin needs to fortify the Cheddar Curtain now.


2 posted on 06/22/2017 7:42:29 AM PDT by Kozak (DIVERSITY+PROXIMITY=CONFLICT)
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To: DCBryan1

I have to believe that if Hillary were in the White House, or we had a Democratically-controlled Congress (though who can tell sometimes?), a multi-billion dollar bailout would be in the works, courtesy of the US taxpayer.


3 posted on 06/22/2017 7:43:21 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: DCBryan1

A better idea:

I would like to see States be able to go bankrupt due to their corruption and inability to be fiscally responsible.

With the following condition:

All debts and contracts will be null and void.

The State will be immediately turned into a territory. The State shall loose all Senators and Congressmen and all representation in the Federal Government to include the right to vote in Federal Elections.

A Federal Governor will then be appointed to run the State under Federal Receivership. He/She will be able to make all decisions until that time as the territory will be admitted back into the union with a positive financial history.


4 posted on 06/22/2017 7:43:58 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: DCBryan1

First step: ban Obama form the state. There will be immediate benefits.


5 posted on 06/22/2017 7:44:15 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: DCBryan1

If you think the Illinois response to the sin of endless deficit spending and bankruptcy is odd, wait a year and watch California.


6 posted on 06/22/2017 7:44:35 AM PDT by allendale (.)
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To: DCBryan1

He’s on the right track but no way will Wisconsin take Chicago, even with naming rights. But it’s a simple mod - just ringfence Chicago with a nice big beautiful wall - and put toll gates in it to charge people who want to come OUT (no one will want to go IN). Call it Rahmonia or Obamaland or Hell or whatever...

The rest makes sense. Downstate IL is as red as IN or IA with a few exceptions like college towns and the St. Louis area, where the river should be re-routed to it’s on the Missouri side and let them deal with it.


7 posted on 06/22/2017 7:44:43 AM PDT by bigbob (People say believe half of what you see son and none of what you hear - M. Gaye)
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To: DCBryan1

It may work, IF you carve out all of Cook County, and turn it into a federal penitentiary, ala: Escape from NY.


8 posted on 06/22/2017 7:46:22 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it. MAGA!)
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To: DCBryan1

A good start would be to run Rahm Emmanuel and other Chicago Democrats out of town on a rail and ban the Democratic Party in the state for 50 years.


9 posted on 06/22/2017 7:46:24 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Socialists are happy until they run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcherhttp://www.stone)
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To: Lou L

I worry that there is a good chance of that happening anyway.


10 posted on 06/22/2017 7:46:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: DCBryan1

There’s just one problem with this idea.

No one wants the refugees.


11 posted on 06/22/2017 7:48:18 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (CNN IS ISIS.)
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To: DCBryan1

Simple solution... don’t pay the pensions.


12 posted on 06/22/2017 7:49:36 AM PDT by bar sin·is·ter
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To: SaxxonWoods

Let them stew in their own juice. Make them fix this problem themselves.


13 posted on 06/22/2017 7:50:18 AM PDT by abbastanza
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To: DCBryan1

Why hells bells this is an awesome idea. That and calexit we will be living my dream!!!’


14 posted on 06/22/2017 7:51:17 AM PDT by rebel25 (Tagline unavailable due to technical problems. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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The name Michael Madigan (father of the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan) needs to have his name irrevocably attached to this debacle.

He is the architect of the problems in Illinois– he’s been the shadow governor for the last 30+ years.


15 posted on 06/22/2017 7:52:11 AM PDT by IncPen (Progressivism is in perpetual need of an enemy against which to refresh its outrage.)
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Madigan needs a pair of cement shoes.


16 posted on 06/22/2017 7:52:48 AM PDT by bar sin·is·ter
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To: DCBryan1

Yeah — except that little northwest corner of Indiana that appears to be in Wisconsin with Chicago needs to stay in Indiana. I didn’t move away from Chicago for nothing.


17 posted on 06/22/2017 7:52:49 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: bar sin·is·ter

That’s it. It’s not like overspending on road repairs or state parks is what put IL in this sad shape. Yet the Democrat-controlled legislature refuses to deal with the heart of the issue (pensions and unions) because they know it would be the end of their power.

IL’s financial mess has nothing to do with not having enough income. This is a wealthy state with many assets. It has everything to do with overspending on entitlement to unionized workers and then their pensions after they retire.


18 posted on 06/22/2017 7:53:10 AM PDT by bigbob (People say believe half of what you see son and none of what you hear - M. Gaye)
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To: DCBryan1

...let’s finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people’s money.


Sadly, sometimes a family does not face the fact that they are out of money until the sheriff shows up with the eviction notice and they are standing on the street.

It’s taking Venezuela a long time to get there. It will take Illinois a long time to get there. But it will get really ugly in the meantime, as in Venezuela.


19 posted on 06/22/2017 7:53:16 AM PDT by Mr. Douglas (Best. Election. EVER!)
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Really don’t care what happens to that shite hole as long as we, the U.S. taxpayer, don’t get “hooked” paying for all their liberal insane BS. Southern Illinois should become part of another state as shown on the map. The northern part should be fenced off and turned into a Federal penitentiary or territory run by a federally-appointed governor. No one is to leave. As RATs are convicted, they should be sent there to serve the life terms.


20 posted on 06/22/2017 7:54:25 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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