If it wasn't for Decatur, Springfield would have had no one to look down on.Ha, how true. Unfortunately, that’s more than offset by Springfield’s irrational resentment of Chicago. “Chicago isn’t Illinois!” goes the tantrum. Well not all of Illinois but the metro area has the largest chunk of the state’s population and it just happens to be one of the world’s greatest cities.
Let’s embrace both Chicago and Decatur (ignoring that ADM smell helps). Let’s just worry about ourselves and not about competing with our neighbors over self-esteem issues. Bakke’s right, we have come a long way. This is a much nicer place to live (with some exceptions) than it was 30 years ago.