Illinois is a long state. Those in southern Illinois are closer to Tennessee than Chicago. And the political leanings can be just as far apart. We talk with a state lawmaker who has signed on to a plan calling for Chicago to be separated from the rest of Illinois. He adds he joined the effort because it's time to start a conversation over policy.
Coming together can be difficult - even more so when we talk about consolidating school districts. It might save money, but that's just one consideration.
Also, R. Kelly made a visit to Springfield in the past week, meeting with fans at a nightclub. The R and B singer's career is reeling from legal trouble.
Those stories and more on this episode of Statewide.