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Editorial | Busting the myth of downstate disparity

It's been a longstanding fable in Illinois politics, perpetuated by politicians, that downstate residents are the victims of virtual theft by Chicagoans and suburbanites. Not only are downstaters' votes overwhelmed by the upstaters — such as the 2010 gubernatorial election, when Bloomington Republican Bill Brady won 99 of 102 counties but lost by 32,000 votes — but they're also subsidizing the spendthrifts in the Chicago area, too.

That's the mythology, anyway.

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