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Illinois
( The Land of Lincoln / The Prairie State )
Illinois Map 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: Denise Richards, Patricia Arquette, Daryl Hannah, Charlton Heston,

The Flag of Illinois
Illinois state flag 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

Illinois Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge - Marion
Shawnee National Forest - Harrisburg
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor - Lockport
Ohio River Scenic Route- Illinois - Golconda
Mark Twain NWR - Quincy
capital  Capital: Springfield

statehood  Statehood: 1818-12-03

population  Population:
12,419,293 (223.4 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 57,914.38
    Water 2,330.79
    Land 55,583.58
    Rank 24th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Illinois, there are 4,885,615 housing units, averaging to 87.9 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
 
Posters and Artwork
Chicago, Illinois, University of Chicago, Exterior View of the Oriental Institute
Chicago, Illinois, University of Chicago, Exterior View of the Oriental Institute
Giclee Print 16" x 12"

 
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