Statewide: From north to south, Illinois' political divide
If you need visual proof of the political differences between the Chicago area and most of downstate Illinois, just look at the recent gubernatorial election.
JB Pritzker gained the support of the more populated Cook and collar counties. But elsewhere, there were only a few patches of blue, surrounded by deep red. Still, Pritzker had more than enough support to win statewide.
While Democrats have been able to claim victory at the state level and pass more progressive laws, there is growing dissatisfaction in areas Republicans represent. Several counties have even gone on record supporting secession from Illinois.
Chicago Magazine Editor Ted McClelland recently wrote on the subject and why the division seems to be growing.
* Farrah Anderson talks with a descendent of of "Free" Frank McWorter, who was the first African American to legally found a town. That community, New Philadelphia in Pike County, has been given national park status.