Central Illinois county will get to vote on whether Chicago should separate from the state

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ST. LOUIS — The Shelby County, Illinois, board voted to put a question on the November ballot, asking residents to give Chicago the boot from the Land of Lincoln and become its own state.

Our sister-station WCIA reports the vote came as Shelby County board members also voted to allow businesses to reopen.

The Shelbyville Daily Union reports it was a 12-7 vote Wednesday on the non-binding resolution to form a new state.

The question will also show up on the ballot in Effingham, Fayette and Jefferson counties.

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