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Illinois Residents Join Secession Petition Trend

President Barack Obama delivers his victory speech after being reelected for a second term at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers his victory speech after being reelected for a second term at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Residents in at least seven states have filed petitions asking to secede from the union–enough to require a response from the White House, anyway.

And people from Illinois have two petitions in the works, as WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

Illinois’ petitions to secede only have a few thousand signatures so far.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller Reports

“Republicans like myself almost have no respect for the leader of our country. Zero respect,” said Krista Richardson, a 36-year-old environmental engineer who lives in Mundelein.

And she signed the online petition to secede yesterday.

“Not that I really expect anything to come out of it,” she said.

It’s a symbolic act, she says.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wasn’t immediately sure what the law said on secession.

“It would be my hope that people disappointed in the election would nonetheless respect the president.”

Madigan added, “We have fought the Civil War.”