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Two Illinois lawmakers propose making Chicago area the 51st state

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Two Republican Illinois lawmakers say Chicago-style politics are dominating the state and they have a solution.

State Representatives Bill Mitchell of Forsyth and Adam Brown of Decatur have proposed separating Cook County from Illinois and creating a 51st state.

WAND-TV in Decatur reports the representatives held a press conference Tuesday in Decatur to talk about their proposal.

Brown says Chicago is overshadowing the rest of the state. Mitchell says families in other parts of the state believe Chicago is "dictating its views."

They've proposed Cook County, which is the second most populous county in the U.S., to become one state and the other 101 counties in Illinois to become another.

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