( The Land of Lincoln / The Prairie State )
Named for the Illinois Indians, this state is known as the "Land of Lincoln," because it's where the 16th president was raised. Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. Illinois is the most populous state in the Midwest. At the northern edge of the state on Lake Michigan lies Chicago, the nation's third largest city. More than half of the population lives in and around Chicago, the leading industrial and transportation center in the region. The rest of the population lives in the smaller cities and on the farms that dot the state's gently rolling plains. Chicago, with its central location and its many cultural attractions and sports events, is a major tourist attraction. Sandy beaches, wooded parks, and yacht harbors border most of Chicago's 50-kilometer shoreline along Lake Michigan.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Illinois include:
The Flag of Illinois|
Entered the Union in 1818 as the 21st State; flag adopted in 1915, modified in 1970. The central design is from the State seal and shows national symbols plus dates of Statehood (1818) and the seal itself (1868).
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Chicago, 2,896,016; Rockford, 150,115; Aurora, 142,990; Naperville, 128,358; Peoria, 112,936; Springfield, 111,454; Joliet, 106,221; Elgin, 94,487; Waukegan, 87,901; Cicero town, 85,616
Business and Trade in Illinois
Agriculture: Corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products, wheat.
Industries: Machinery, food processing, electric equipment, chemical products, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, petroleum, coal.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Cardinal
- Flower: Native Violet (viola)
- Tree: White Oak (quercus alba)
- Song(s): Illinois
- Motto: State Sovereignty, National Union
12,419,293 (223.4 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 24th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin
Illicit Drug Use
Youth Risk Survey
Housing: In Illinois, there are 4,885,615 housing units, averaging to 87.9 per sq mile.
Posters and Artwork|
Chicago, Illinois, University of Chicago, Exterior View of the Oriental Institute
Giclee Print 16" x 12"
• Nauvoo, Illinois, View of the Mississippi River from Route 96
Giclee Print 16" x 12"
• Joliet, Illinois - Large Letter Scenes
Giclee Print 12" x 9"
• Amphitheater in a Park, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Photographic Print 36" x 12"
• Office Building in a City, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Photographic Print 8" x 24"
• Chemistry Building, University of Illinois
Art Print 18" x 13"