News and Issues
Downstate Illinois residents gather to learn more about creating 51st state
TV News Story from KHQA ABC News Oct. 17, 2020
“Exit Option” complicates picture for Illinois Pension reform” by Bill Bergman. 1.23.20.
article from the Daily Herald Jan. 23, 2020
Do governments ever go out of business? How about Illinois governments?
article From Truth in Accounting, Dec 3, 2019
New Illinois pitches separation from Chicago to White County
article from The Navigator. November 20, 2019
Quincy Tea Party in Adams County hosted a presentation on New Illinois by Chairman G. H. Merritt.
Libertarian Party of Chicago hosts presentation by New Illinois
August 6, 2019
the Libertarian Party of Chicago hosted a presentation by New Illinois at The Piggery in Lakeview, near Wrigley Field. Rep. Brad Halbrook, New Illinois Chairman G. H. Merritt, and Tom Kozik (formerly of New California and now a resident of Kane County) presented the case that the state split can be a win-win for Chicago as well as the rest of the state.
“Meet the People working to kick Chicago out of Illinois”
article from the Chicago Tribune Aug. 1, 2019
“These Illinois Republicans are rallying around a bill to kick deep-blue Chicago out of the state“
article from the Washington Post, May 20, 2019
Paul Preston, President of New California, guest appearance on “American Thought Leaders” – The Epoch Times – Apr 17, 2019
New California began in 2016. Paul serves on the advisory board of New Illinois, and his help has been invaluable to New Illinois.
Rep. Brad Halbrook (102nd District) sponsors HR101, the resolution to split the State of Illinois
Article from “Guest Commentary” – The News Gazette Apr. 7, 2019
Rep. Brad Halbrook (102nd District) is the chief sponsor of HR101, the resolution to split the State of Illinois. Here he explains what the New Illinois movement is all about – returning power to the people.
Townhall Meeting Effingham Performance Center
March 10, 2019, A townhall meeting featuring elected officials and other speakers was held at the Effingham Performance Center. The center was packed with a capacity crowd of 1600. Rep. Brad Halbrook asked the crowd, “Who wants to separate from Chicago and Cook County?” The entire crowd rose to their feet and cheered! Brad went on to explain the process for making the state split happen.
New Illinois holds its first informational event of 2019
Event held at the DeKalb public library, March 9, 2019. Speakers included Congressional Candidate Jim Marter, Rep. Brad Halbrook, G. H. Merritt and Paul Preston from New California.
Rep. Brad Halbrook and cosponsors Darren Bailey and Chris Miller introduced HR101, a resolution to split the State of Illinois.
February 7, 2019