Board approves referendum question and FOID Card resolution

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EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) — County board members passed a referendum question which will go on the 2020 ballot. It asks if people support separating the rest of the state from Cook County.

It asks this: “Shall Effingham County coordinate discussions with the remaining 101 Counties of the State of Illinois, with the exception of Cook County, regarding the possibility of forming a new state and ultimately seeking admission to the Federal Union as the 51st State, pursuant to the provisions of the United States Constitution?”

The group, Illinois Separation, is behind the push. They say they have about a dozen counties that plan on placing the question on the ballot. The referendum passed 7 to 2.

County board members also passed a resolution to send to state lawmakers. It says that FOID cards are unconstitutional and that the county opposes laws that infringe on the right to bear arms. The resolution passed 8 to 1.

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