Petitions to secede from the United States started out strong like many of the others, and has stalled out at about 5,100 signatures.  Secession petitions have started in all 50 states since President Obama's re-election, but a local lawmaker says that is not the way to solve our state's or our nation's problems.

State Representative Dan Beiser, an Alton Democrat:

Beiser comments

The petition was created on, which allows citizens to engage the government on any issue.  If the number of signatures reaches 25,000 the White House will provide an official response.  

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