The state flag of Illinois.
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A little information about Illinois:
|Population:||12,882,135 (as of 2013)|
|Size:||57,918 square miles|
|Nickname(s):||Prairie State, Land of Lincoln|
|Motto:||State Sovereignty, National Union|
|Name for Residents:||Illinoisan|
|Major Industries:||Agriculture (corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, barley, rye, sorghum), cattle, manufacturing, mining|
|Presidential Birthplace:||Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico on February 6, 1911|
|Major Rivers:||Mississippi River, Ohio River, Illinois River, Wabash River|
|Major Lakes:||Lake Michigan, Rend Lake|
|Highest Point:||Charles Mound – 1,234 feet (376m) above sea level|
|Number of Counties:||102|
|Bordering States:||Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin|
|Bordering Water:||Lake Michigan|
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Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 5th most populous and 25th most extensive state, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. Illinois was the 21st state in the USA; it became a state on December 3, 1818.
Origin of the Name Illinois - Illinois comes from the word Illini, a confederation of the Cahokia, Kaskaskia, Michigamea, Moingwena, Peoria and Tamaroa Indian tribes. The first Europeans to visit Illinois were the French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette in 1673, but the region was ceded to Britain after the French and Indian War. In 1699 French settlers established the first permanent settlement at Cahokia, near present-day East St. Louis. Great Britain obtained the region at the end of the French and Indian Wars in 1763. The area grew prominently in frontier struggles during the Revolutionary War and in Indian wars during the early 19th century. After the American Revolution, Illinois became a territory of the United States, and achieved statehood in 1818. Located on Lake Michigan, and connected to the eastern ports via the Erie Canal, Chicago became a booming metropolis, and even the fire of 1871 could not stunt its growth. In the second half of the 19th century the great need for workers in the mills, rail yards and slaughterhouses made Chicago a popular destination for immigrants and freed blacks. During Prohibition Chicago became synonymous with bootleg liquor and gangsters like Al Capone.
Significant episodes in the state's early history include the influx of settlers following the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825; the Black Hawk War, which virtually ended the Indian troubles in the area; and the rise of Abraham Lincoln from farm laborer to president.
The state of Illinois continues to be a popular destination for auto shipping companies. Many people are buying, selling or moving vehicles to this great state. There are a multitude of classic car buyers and sellers that have a deep appreciation to preserve and pass on the best looking antique, exotic muscle and sports cars. In addition to this industry, Illinois ranks high in manufacturing, coal mining, agriculture, and oil production. The state's manufactures include food and agricultural products, transportation equipment, chemicals, industrial machinery, and computer equipment. The sprawling Chicago district (including a slice of Indiana) is a great iron and steel producer, meat packer, grain exchange, and railroad center. Chicago is also famous as a Great Lakes port. Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans, corn, and hogs. Other agricultural commodities include cattle, wheat, oats, sorghum, and hay.
Central Illinois is noted for shrines and memorials associated with the life of Abraham Lincoln. In Springfield are the Lincoln Home, the Lincoln Tomb, and the restored Old State Capitol. Other points of interest are the home of Mormon leader Joseph Smith in Nauvoo and, in Chicago: the Art Institute, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Merchandise Mart, and Chicago Portage National Historic Site.
Illinois has a temperate climate, with cold, snowy winters and hot, wet summers—ideal weather for corn and hogs. The seasons are sharply differentiated: mean winter temperatures are 22°F (–6°C) in the north and 37°F (3°C) in the south; mean summer temperatures are 70°F (21°C) in the north and 77°F (25°C) in the south. The record high, 117°F (47°C), was set at East St. Louis on 14 July 1954; the record low, –36°F (–37.8°C), was registered at Congerville on 5 January 1999.
The average farm sees rain one day in three, for a total of 36 in (91 cm) of precipitation a year. An annual snowfall of 37 in (94 cm) is normal for northern Illinois, decreasing to 24 in (61 cm) or less in the central and southern regions. Chicago's record 90 in (229 cm) of snow in the winter of 1978–79 created monumental transportation problems, enormous personal hardship, and even a small political upheaval when incumbent Mayor Michael Bilandic lost a primary election to Jane Byrne in February 1979 partly because of his administration's slowness in snow removal.
Chicago is nicknamed the "Windy City" because in the 1800s New York journalists labeled Chicagoans as "the windy citizenry out west" and called some Chicago leaders "loudmouth and windy"—not because of fierce winds. In fact, the average wind speed, 10.4 mph (16.7 km/hr), is lower than that of Boston, Honolulu, Cleveland, and 16 other major US cities. The flat plains of Illinois are favorable to tornado activity.
Illinois offers something for everyone. You can find incredible museums, phenomenal sports teams, world-renowned restaurants, cutting edge theater (remember Second City?), and some of the best music anywhere—and that’s just within Chicago.
Enjoy history? Go see the Abraham Lincoln museum or drive down the fabled Route 66. Enjoy nature? Go hiking in southern Illinois or visit the Great Rivers region in the west.
Turning to your health and well-being, you will also find some of the best hospitals in the country here in Illinois. U.S. News and World Report notes that in 2012, eight Illinois hospitals were nationally ranked in at least two specialties.
Education is compulsory from ages 7 to 17 in Illinois. Schools are commonly but not exclusively divided into three tiers of primary and secondary education: elementary school, middle school or junior high school, and high school. District territories are often complex in structure. Many areas in the state are actually located in two school districts—one for high school, the other for elementary and middle schools. And such districts do not necessarily share boundaries. A given high school may have several elementary districts that feed into it, yet some of those feeder districts may themselves feed into multiple high school districts.
Using the criterion established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, there are eleven "National Universities" in the state. As of 19 August 2010, five of these rank in the "first tier" (that is, the top quartile) among the top 500 National Universities in the United States, as determined by the U.S. News & World Report rankings: the University of Chicago (4), Northwestern University (12), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (41), Illinois Institute of Technology (113), and Loyola University Chicago (106). The University of Chicago is continuously ranked as one of the world's top ten university on various independent university rankings.
Illinois also has more than 20 additional accredited four-year universities, both public and private, and dozens of small liberal arts colleges across the state. Additionally, Illinois supports 49 public community colleges in the Illinois Community College System. If your student is moving to Chicago for undergraduate or post graduate studies, you may choose to utilize the services of an auto transporter and either drive your student yourself or let him or her travel the friendly skies.
As one of the United States' major metropolises, all major sports leagues have teams headquartered in Chicago.
Two Major League Baseball teams are located in the state. The Chicago Cubs of the National League play in the second-oldest major league stadium (Wrigley Field) and are widely known for having the longest championship drought in all of major American sport: not winning the World Series since 1908. The Chicago White Sox of the American League won the World Series in 2005, their first since 1917. They play on the City's south side at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Chicago Bears football team has won nine total NFL Championships, the last occurring in Super Bowl XX in 1986.
The Chicago Bulls of the NBA is one of the most recognized basketball teams in the world, due largely to the efforts of Michael Jordan, who led the team to six NBA championships in eight seasons in the 1990s.
The Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL began playing in 1926, as a member of the Original Six and have won five Stanley Cups, most recently in 2013.
The Chicago Fire soccer club is a member of MLS and is one of the league's most successful and best-supported, since its founding in 1997, winning one league and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups in that time span.
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