On Tuesday, January 9, and Tuesday, January 23, New Illinois held meetings to form a committee for Southeastern Illinois. The committee was officially launched on January 23 with the ratification of the New Illinois State Charter. New Illinois is one of the leading organizations in Illinois pursuing the formation of a new state separate from the current State of Illinois, Chicago, and Urban Cook County.
The committee held a follow-up meeting on Sunday afternoon, January 28, at the Hogg Hollow Winery in Golconda. Going forward, the committee will hold monthly meetings over Zoom on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
The committee includes members from nine area counties: Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Saline, and Williamson. Residents of other Southeastern Illinois Counties are welcome to join.
Committee officers elected at the January 23rd meeting were:
Chairman – Steven Hogg of Pope County
Vice Chair – Matt Grammer, Johnson County
Secretary – Dana Tanner, Saline County
Treasurer – Jerry Boney, Massac County
Representative to the New Illinois Council of Counties – Jerry Boney, Massac County
Alternate Representatives – Steven Hogg, Pope County and Dana Tanner, Saline County
Senator of the New Illinois State Legislature – Mark Jones, Pope County
Assembly Members of the New Illinois State Legislature – David Pickering, Saline County and Dana Turner, Saline County
Newly elected officeholders were sworn in by G. H. Merritt, Chairman of the New Illinois statewide organization.
For more information about the Southeastern Illinois Committee, please contact Steve Hogg at (618) 521-0307 or email@example.com.
About New Illinois
New Illinois is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit incorporated in 2018 and active throughout the state. New Illinois’ mission is to educate Illinoisans about their right, under the U.S. Constitution, to pursue the formation of a new state.
The United States Constitution gives us the RIGHT to representative state government. But Illinois is a corrupt, failed state. Illinois gives power to favored people, groups, and municipalities—notably Chicago and Cook County—which means it is not fulfilling its responsibilities to the rest of its citizens. This corruption and lack of accountability have created a financial disaster.
The United States Constitution also gives us the RIGHT to pursue the formation of a new state separate from the State of Illinois. Article IV, Section 3 provides us with the process.
New Illinois envisions a NEW State where all residents will experience representative government, not just those living in the one county (Cook) where power is concentrated. The Declaration of Independence declares that “People are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and can alter or abolish a government destructive of those rights.” New Illinois believes the situation in Illinois has reached this point.
For further information, including grievances against the State of Illinois and reports on the financial feasibility of a state split, please visit our website at NewIllinoisState.org.
For more information, please call the New Illinois office at (847) 845-9293.
G. H. Merritt