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  • Capital: Springfield


  • Largest city: Chicago


  • Highest point: Charles Mound, 1,235 ft (376.4 m)


  • Lowest point: Confluence of Mississippi River and Ohio River, 280 ft (85 m)


  • Admission to Union: December 3, 1818 (21st)

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Illinois State Information

  • Illinois takes its name from the Illinois Confederation, a group of Algonquian speaking tribes native to the area. An Algonquin word, "Illinois" means "tribe of superior men."


  • Illinois ranked first in the nation in 2014 in both generating capacity and net electricity generation from nuclear power.


  • Sears' naming rights to the tower expired in 2003. and, effective June 2009, the building will be renamed "Willis Tower" for London insurer Willis Group, a move many Chicagoans are not very pleased about.


  • The Chicago River is a river that runs 156 miles and flows through Chicago. The river is notable for the 19th century civil engineering feats that directed its flow south, away from Lake Michigan, and towards the and into the Illinois and Michigan Canal and the Mississippi River. This was done for reasons of sanitation.


  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. This impressive museum features more than 800 fascinating exhibits, ranging from the U-505 submarine to the ever-popular coal mine.


  • Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Cairo. The meeting of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers is best viewed from historic Fort Defiance, a one-time Civil War post commanded byGeneral Ulysses S. Grant.


  • Cozy Dog Drive-In, Springfield. This Route 66 landmark is home of the one and only Cozy Dog, a tasty battered and fried hot dog on a stick made from an original family recipe.


Illinois Points of Interest

Illinois Points of Interest

Points of Interest of Illinois, Things To Do, Places To Go, People To Meet

Illinois State Counties

102 Counties in Illinois

  1. Adams County


  2. Alexander County


  3. Bond County


  4. Boone County


  5. Brown County


  6. Bureau County


  7. Calhoun County


  8. Carroll County


  9. Cass County


  10. Champaign County


  11. Christian County


  12. Clark County


  13. Clay County


  14. Clinton County


  15. Coles County


  16. Cook County


  17. Crawford County


  18. Cumberland County


  19. DeKalb County


  20. De Witt


  21. Douglas County


  22. DuPage County


  23. Edgar County


  24. Edwards County


  25. Effingham County


  26. Fayette County


  27. Ford County


  28. Franklin County


  29. Fulton County


  30. Gallatin County


  31. Greene County


  32. Grundy County


  33. Hamilton County


  34. Hancock County


  35. Hardin County


  36. Henderson County


  37. Henry County


  38. Iroquois County


  39. Jackson County


  40. Jasper County


  41. Jefferson County


  42. Jersey County


  43. Jo Daviess County


  44. Johnson County


  45. Kane County


  46. Kankakee County


  47. Kendall County


  48. Knox County


  49. Lake County


  50. La Salle County


  51. Lawrence County


  52. Lee County


  53. Livingston County


  54. Logan County


  55. Macon County


  56. Macoupin County


  57. Madison County


  58. Marion County


  59. Marshall County


  60. Mason County


  61. Massac County


  62. McDonough County


  63. McHenry County


  64. McLean County


  65. Menard County


  66. Mercer County


  67. Monroe County


  68. Montgomery County


  69. Morgan County


  70. Moultrie County


  71. Ogle County


  72. Peoria County


  73. Perry County


  74. Piatt County


  75. Pike County


  76. Pope County


  77. Pulaski County


  78. Putnam County


  79. Randolph County


  80. Richland County


  81. Rock Island County


  82. Saline County


  83. Sangamon County


  84. Schuyler County


  85. Scott County


  86. Shelby County


  87. St Clair County


  88. Stark County


  89. Stephenson County


  90. Tazewell County


  91. Union County


  92. Vermilion County


  93. Wabash County


  94. Warren County


  95. Washington County


  96. Wayne County


  97. White County


  98. Whiteside County


  99. Will County


  100. Williamson County


  101. Winnebago County


  102. Woodford County






Our Story

  • The state of Illinois is perhaps most famous for its popular city of Chicago, which is one of the biggest and most liveliest cities in the country. It has an overall land area of almost 58,000 square miles. Illinois is also the 5th ranked most populated state as well as the 25th ranked most extensive state. The state is often considered to be the heart of the entire country based upon its small but powerful industrial cities combined with the agricultural productivity in the central and norther regions of the state. The state is also one of the countries biggest transportation points, with the Port of Chicago joining Illinois to many other global ports through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway out to the Atlantic Ocean. There is also a major transportation route though the Mississippi River and Illinois River. Furthermore, the O'Hare airport in Chicago is recognized as one of the biggest airports in the world.


  • Illinois was inducted into the United States in 1818 after early settlers started arriving from the south. The states population grew accordingly, from north to south, which is why Chicago was established at a later time in 1830. In 1900, the states overall industrial expansion created many jobs in the norther cities and coal mining became big in the central and southern regions of the state which drew immigrants all the way from Southern and Eastern Europe. The state of Illinois was also a crucial manufacturing city during both of the world wars.


  • Illinois also is home to four U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama. To honor president Lincoln, the state adopted the slogan “Land of Lincoln” which is proudly printed on all state license plates. The economy in Illinois is largely based around its agriculture, primarily soybeans, corn, cattle, hogs, wheat, and various dairy products. The industry is also a huge part of the states economy and mainly consists of food processing, machinery, chemical products, electrical equipment, metal fabrication and products, printing and publishing, petroleum, coal, and transportation equipment. Illinois is definitely a major contributor to the U.S. Economy as a whole and proves to be a prime tourist attraction due mostly to its thriving city of Chicago.


  • Land of Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and ... “Wild Bill” Hickok Memorial, Mechanic and Ottawa Sts, Troy Grove. The Memorial, located in a small park, marks the site of the birthplace of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. A plaque on the granite monument honors Hickok as “a scout and spy in the western states to preserve the Union in the Civil War,” praising “his services on the frontier as express messenger and upholder of law and order.” The monument was dedicated on August 29, 1930, and in 1999 a large carved-log bust of Hickok was added to the park.


  • In Illinois it is illegal to change your clothes in a vehicle with the curtains drawn


  • The dog no one owned but everyone loved, Coles County


  • Start of US Route 66


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