Mt. Vernon — On Saturday, July 20, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., New Illinois, Inc. will hold an informational meeting at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 217 Potomac Blvd., Mt. Vernon.

Speakers will include:

Illinois State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, sponsor of HR0101 to split the state of Illinois.

G. H. Merritt, co-founder and chairman of New Illinois,

Paul Preston, president of New California (via Skype).

Matt Sebastian of Southern Illinois Secession.

Paul Preston, co-founder and president of New California, will discuss the history and progress of the state split movement in California. New California has been in operation since 2016 and has active committees in 52 of their state’s 58 counties. r. Preston will be sharing ideas and strategies with supporters of a state split in Illinois.

"The United States Constitution gives us the RIGHT to representative state government," the group said in a press release. "But Illinois is a corrupt, failed state. Illinois gives power to favored people, groups and cities — which means it’s not fulfilling its responsibilities to the rest of its citizens. And now this corruption has created a financial disaster.

"The United States Constitution also gives us the RIGHT to pursue a split from Illinois to form a new state. Article IV, Section 3 provides us with the process."

There is no cost to attend. RSVPs are helpful for planning purposes and can be sent via the New Illinois Facebook page,, or (847) 845-9293.

About New Illinois

Incorporated in 2018 and active throughout the State, New Illinois is a nonprofit organization with the mission of educating Illinoisans about their rights, under the U.S. Constitution, 1) to representative government and 2) to pursue a state split. New Illinois envisions a NEW State free from a tyrannical form of government, where residents will be able to experience a government representing their Constitutional Rights.

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