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The latest issue of The Chicago Reader had an article on the divide between downstate Illinois and metropolitan Chicago. The upshot of the article was that downstaters benefit more than they think from Chicago and should recognize that. An accompanying chart shows how much they would lose if the state were split in two. The article is wrong. I'm not saying downstate Illinois would be so much better off without Chicago, but the result would be moe complicated than presented. The new, Chicago-free state could operate on a lower service, lower tax, lower regulation basis that would in many ways prove more beneficial for a slow-growth region. Companies do this all the time. Hewlett-Packard split itself up because the needs of its growing lines of business were different than the needs of printer and PC unit.  Businesses change in many ways all the time, including their basic structure. In his book "Instant Replay," Jerry Kramer talks about the highlight of his New York trip being a trip to Abercrombie & Fitch to buy a rifle. Governments might change policies, but deep, foundational changes rarely happen. The last time a state's boundary's changed, for example, was 1861. 
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