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( 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: John G. Avildsen, Susan Dey, John Cusack, Philip Kaufman,

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.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie - Wilmington
Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge - Marion
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences - Peoria
Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge - Havana
Smithland Lock and Dam and Ohio River - Hamletsburg
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

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
Cornfarm, Hudson, Illinois, Midwest, USA
Cornfarm, Hudson, Illinois, Midwest, USA
Photographic Print 24" x 18"
Football, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Photographic Print 96" x 32"
Chicago Illinois, USA
Photographic Print 36" x 12"
Golden Retriever, Illinois
Photographic Print 16" x 12"
A Bike Path on the Chicago Waterfront, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Photographic Print 24" x 18"
Garfield Park Band Stand, Chicago, Illinois
Art Print 18" x 13"

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