IL: Long list of secession petitions includes two for Illinois

By   /   November 14, 2012  /   4 Comments

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By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD – Add the Prairie State to the list of state secession petitions filed with the White House.

Two separate online petitions ask that the White House “peacefully grant the State of Illinois to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”

One petition was created Sunday by “Illinois R” in Pekin. As of Wednesday night it had more than 3,700 electronic signatures. Of those, more than 1,900 of the signatures were from people who live outside of Illinois, from California to Florida. There even were signatures from Alaska and Hawaii.

The other petition was created Sunday by “Chris H.” As of Wednesday night it had more than 4,100 signatures, and, again, a large number of them appear to be from out of state.

The White House “We the People” online petition site was set up to make it easier for people to petition the government under the First Amendment. If a petition gets 25,000 signatures, President Barack Obama’s administration may review it, send it to the appropriate policy experts and issue an official response.

Obama’s re-election earlier this month sparked outcries from disgruntled voters across the country and a string of petitions for states to secede from the union.

As of Wednesday night, the only state for which a secession petition could not be found was Vermont.

Also garnering thousands of signatures? A petition to “deport everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their state from the United States of America” and a petition to “force all states to pay their portion of the national debt before they can secede from the union.”

Click here to view some of the other petitions on the “We the People” site. Some of the more interesting or unusual petitions spotted:

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Jayette formerly served as staff reporter for

  • OH PULEASE!!!! First, the southern half of the state must secede from CHICAGO….Illinois can’t elect competent leadership to run the state, ANY thought of becoming an independent country, with the debt Illinois has, is completely INSANE!!!!! What are they going to call it..Greece II ????

  • I think secession is a viable option and perfectly lawfull! Either way Greece II is coming.Can’t stop the inevitable.

  • Russthecurious

    Where’s the petition for downstate to secede from Cook County? That would make sense.

  • I agree with steven. secede cook county from illinois and make it the 51st state and good riddance to bad politians