Downstate Illinois Tells Cook County to Fix Their Own Problems – Quote of the Day

courtesy NBC News

“There’s an attitude and opinion around here that Cook County shouldn’t come over here and start restricting our rights. It should focus on keeping its own house in order, and if it can’t, it shouldn’t impose rules on parts of the state that have nothing to do with what’s going on there.” – Professor George Mocsary in Rural counties’ response to state firearm laws: ‘Gun sanctuaries’ [via]



  1. avatar Felixd says:

    The professor’s remarks are echoed thousands of times a day in Illinois, everywhere south of Interstate 80.

    1. avatar Anonymous says:

      I’ve been saying this same thing on TTAG for 5 years now.

      1. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

        A lot of us have.

      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        I love it.

        Absolutely *LOVE* it!

        It’s using classic Alinsky tactics against the Leftists, forcing the opposition to live by their own rules.

        If they demand immigration sanctuary cities, we demand gun sanctuaries.

        After all, it’s only fair. And Leftists are all about ‘fairness’…

        *snicker* 😉

        1. avatar Danny338 says:

          Except it isn’t. None of the “gun sanctuary” resolutions declare any law or regulation as unconstitutional. Nor do they mandate that local officials/officers not enforce any law or regulation. They are nothing more than statements of opinion. Unlike the sanctuary city/county/state resolutions which forbid local officials and officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. The Tenth Amendment Center has a good write up about it.

    2. avatar tdiinva says:

      And West of the Tristate

    3. avatar Komradklaus says:

      Plenty of people north of I-80 think the same thing too. Get just a bit out into the burbs and the politics change with the scenery.

      1. avatar neiowa says:

        You Illinoians really need to get a succession movement. Going. I think Iowa would give Dubuque and Davenport to the new Obumaland. They could then just appoint Rahn as Grand Poobah and Barry as Dear Ruler. You would certainly need to build a tall strong wall to keep the critters out.

        1. avatar Local Dubuquer says:

          HELL NO! Shit-cago can keep their head-in-ass politics on their side of the Mississippi.

        2. avatar Chet says:

          There a couple of movements gaining steam. They are really watching how the movement in California is going. It could for. The legal precedent for us to remove Cook county like the cancer it is from our state

    4. avatar dpk54 says:

      And a whole lot of us just north of I-80, too!! I HATE CROOK COUNTY…can’t wait to be rid of it…I am just wondering why it has taken the folks downstate so long to get fed-up with the hellhole of Chicago (and Madigan) running the entire state, and to speak up about it!!!! It’s been this way for 30+ years….the politicians here have nearly sent the entire state into bankruptcy and that should make anyone who pays the outrageous taxes here angry beyond description!!

  2. avatar Shire-man says:

    Build a wall. It’s bad enough these people treat you like shit when they leave their liberal utopias to go antiquing or whatever the hell it is they do but using their urban population density to legislate over you is inexcusable. Speaking from experience having to suffer the CT, MA, NY and NJ asshats all Summer long. If you can’t behave yourselves stay home.

    1. avatar anonymoose used to be a Cubs fan says:

      We should take Chicago and push it somewhere else (like into Lake Michigan)!

      1. avatar Sprinter11m says:

        Long ago when state lines were being negotiated Chicago, and a fair share of northern Illinois almost ended up being in Wisconsin. Not that I wish anything ill on the good people of WI, for those of us in Lincoln Land it’s too bad that didn’t happen.

        1. avatar FedUp says:

          Hey, the cheeseheads already have Milwaukee and Madtown, what’s the harm in having one more Progressive-Totalitarian Hellhole?

        2. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

          A lot of harm! Two large liberal shitholes (plus a handful of medium size) are all we can handle – we’re barely holding our own against the onslaught of urban idiocy! 🙂

          And no offense… but from my perspective in SE WI, that wave of idiocy is inexorably flowing north across the border. It used to be limited to Milwaukee & Chicago and their major suburbs, but in my lifetime it’s spread through all the cities between them along Lake Michigan, and is now spreading west through those counties as well.

          So you can keep Chicago; thanks for the offer, but we certainly don’t want it.

    2. avatar Connie says:

      Your comment re urban population density allowing shitties to dictate to less dense areas can be expanded to the entire country. The arguments against the Electoral College, if adopted, would result in a country run by coastal elites who, while residing in their gated communities, would determine what and how the rest of the country conducted ourselves. George Clooney could be their king.

  3. avatar tdiinva says:

    It is time to give States the option to separate dominant urban areas into separate and independent States. An alternative would modify the “one man, one vote” criteria for apportionment to allow one house to be selected by something other than population, i.e., 1 state senator per county just like the US Senate.

    1. avatar No one of consequence says:

      What would that do to the balance in the Senate, though? Nothing good, I think.

      1. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

        It would tip most state senates to the more rural counties, no? The “blue” state legislatures would never allow that to happen, though.

      2. avatar tdiinva says:

        It would have no effect on the Senate. The new red state members would balance the new blue state members. If we didn’t go to a popular vote system the Democrats couldn’t win a Presidential election unless the shifted back to the center.

        1. avatar No one of consequence says:

          No. At best it would be even, if there’s only one city splitout per state. For states with more than one blue city?

          Consider California. If San Francisco + San Jose + Oakland formed a single splitaway, and Los Angeles, were another, that’s four Dem. senators. Even if the rest of the state went Repub that’s still net 2+ Dems to the Senate.

        2. avatar JasonM says:

          If Illinois seceded from Cook County, Cook County would continue to send two senators who are members of the most corrupt political machine in the US to the senate. Illinois, which is majority republican otherwise, would begin to send two republicans, who would likely be similar to what we get from Indiana, Kentucky, or Iowa. So the balance of the senate would change. A 51R – 49D senate would go to 53R – 49D.
          The same would be true of other states where one large metro area skews an otherwise republican state left (e.g. Washington, Oregon, Colorado).
          As mentioned above, if California split into more blue states than red states, then it would skew things the other way. But as long as a state that’s consistently blue splits evenly between red and blue, it’s a net win for the red side.

        3. avatar FedUp says:

          No one of consequence: CA currently has two far-left Senate seats. In the six seat world you envision, they’d have four leftists and two Republicans. So the change would be from +2 to +4-2, still a net evil of 2.

    2. avatar Jonathan-Houston says:

      That’s just rearranging deck chairs. It misses th real problem. The real problem is that there are too many people with no skin in the game. They are content to trade their votes for trinkets and beads to a voracious government.

      Unless the plan entails slashing government’s scale and scope back to constitutionally permitted levels and restricting voting to a much smaller, more invested subset of citizens, then you will at best only delay the inevitable.

      1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        Now that idea of the Founders to give the franchise to only those who owned property (and therefore paid taxes) looks positively prescient, doesn’t it?

        1. avatar Mark says:

          People pay all sorts of taxes nowadays. Why would an American want to submit to taxation without representation?

  4. avatar former water walker says:

    Hey I agree-and I live in Cook county. Every state with a large metro area is pretty much blue(except Texas). Even Floriduh is going to he!! Chiraq sux…I’m trying to make the jump to Indiana. We’ll see.

    1. avatar former water walker says:

      Breaking:bombing in Canada. But no guns. Indian restaurant.

      1. avatar billy-bob says:

        Gut bombings don’t count do they?

        1. avatar 16V says:

          Weaponized catratdog?

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    The only way to “fix” Chicago is to nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      Mass murder of American citizens. Charming.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        You offended, bro? Too bad.

        1. avatar Dave says:

          I stand for the bearing of arms to *prevent* democide. You are no “bro” of mine.

        2. avatar Shallnot BeInfringed says:

          I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

          Let’s do it.

  6. avatar Hannibal says:

    Yeah… residents of rural NY and CA would agree…

  7. avatar Rocketman says:

    You can name the problems that Illinois has in one word- Chicago. Wisconsin is a far more liberal state than Illinois ever was, and Chicago by rights should be part of it. I lived in southern Illinois for several years and no one I talked to had anything good to say about Chicago period.

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      In case you missed it Wisconsin experienced the great red shift now is Republicans would bother to come out and vote it will remain that way.

  8. avatar ironicatbest says:

    I like people in Cook county

  9. avatar Hellguard says:

    “There’s an attitude and opinion around here that King County shouldn’t come over here and start restricting our rights. It should focus on keeping its own house in order, and if it can’t, it shouldn’t impose rules on parts of the state that have nothing to do with what’s going on there.”

    -Washington State

    1. avatar Jim Bullock says:


      New York.

  10. avatar sound awake says:

    i moved to wisconsin from illinois 6 years ago

    it feels like america up here

    never felt like that in illinois:

    no foid card

    shall issue state

    open carry state

    no property taxes going up 10 percent a year

    no sales tax on groceries

    ar-15 rifles for deer hunting

    better people

    its a no brainer

  11. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    For those who invest in the muni bond market, if you read an analysis of various states’ financial soundness, you see just how dire the Illinois situation is.

    Here’s a nifty little chart that puts Illinois’ problems into contract with the other 49 states’ financial issues:

    See that “BBB-” rating for Illinois? That’s one itty-bitty step above “non-investment grade,” aka “junk” or “speculative” grade debt, per bond rating agencies’ systems. The very next downgrade by S&P, Moody’s or Fitch’s will take Illinois debt to “junk” status.

    It would seem logical that Cook County’s ratings would be as bad as the state’s overall rating… Buuuut… here’s an interesting little factoid for your consideration: Cook County’s GO (aka “general obligation”) bond rating, last I looked, was A2. This is not great, but nowhere near as bad as the overall state’s credit rating.

    What’s the problem with Illinois? The Cook County machine runs Springfield, that’s what. It seems as tho the worst of the worst from Cook County go to the state legislature, and pillage the state’s treasury, while they avoid funding the full costs of Cook County’s schemes and dreams. Meanwhile, they enjoy the fruits of their pillage, while maintaining a good credit rating for the city of Chicago, one of the most corrupt and malfeasant in the nation.

    The state needs a wholesale replacement of their legislative seat allocation, and the rest of the state needs to gain the political power to choke off the Cook County machine. Absent armed overthrow of the Cook County machine, I think that’s going to be difficult…

  12. avatar Bierce Ambrose says:

    It’s not that they want to live one way or another. It’s that they absolutely have to force you to live the way they think you should.

    Who’s the open minded folks again? I get so confused.

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