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Agree? Disagree? Via +Eric Zorn 's blog. I agree. I've been here 10 and I tend to only think about being in Illinois when voting for Governor or when the legislature does something I care about i.e. civil unions or CTA funding.

"Chicago, however, is disconnected from the rest of the state. In the 13 years that I lived there, I don’t think I even once described myself as living in “Illinois.” At the risk of overgeneralizing from personal experience, I suspect that most Chicagoans think the same way. To a Chicagoan, Illinois is the name of the jurisdiction to which you pay your state taxes and the funny word that appears in the top left-hand corner of your drivers’ license. But you live, eat, breathe and work in Chicago or one of its suburbs."
If turnout in the Republican primary were proportional to the population in Illinois, Mitt Romney would almost certainly win the state - likely by double digits. But it won't be.
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When I was a resident of central Illinois, I described the suburbs as "Chicago" too, but Chicagoans seem to think there's some difference between them and suburbanites.
Interesting and worrying. The divisions in political geography are huge these days. I recently posted a map of Ohio showing where Romney did well vs. Santorum in the primary. Same thing: Romney won in cities, Santorum in rural areas...
I'm several years late to the party, but I stumbled upon reference to this book recently and would like to read it: The truth is I know I did this: "like-minded Americans self-segregate in states, cities—even neighborhoods"

I went to college in the suburbs (early 90's) and I felt when I moved to the City (after a stint in Omaha), that the vibe, for lack of a better term, of Chicago was different than either of them. Trying to articulate the "why" would require a longer post, so I'll stop there for now. My second summer here was also the summer when "773-FOREVER: I will never move to Naperville" t-shirts were taking off. I blame them for any obnoxiousness re: suburbs that I adopted.

But, the demographics and politics of the suburbs (and the city) continue to change. I'm sure my experience from 20 years ago is not the same that it would be now.
Chicago is different than the burbs. There is a total different culture.
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