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Official Illinois County and City Sites
  • Capital: Springfield
  • Population: 12,419,293
  • Entered the Union: December 3, 1818
  • As the: 21st state
  • Motto: State sovereignty, national union
  • Nicknames: Prairie State, Land of Lincoln
  • Flower: Violet
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Song: Illinois
  • Sports Teams: Chicago Bulls (Men's Basketball), Chicago Bears (Football), Chicago White Sox (Baseball), Chicago Cubs (Baseball), Chicago Blackhawks (Hockey)
  • Origin of Name: From an Indian word and French suffix, meaning "tribe of superior men"
  • Major Industries: Coal Mining, Agriculture, Oil
  • Historical Sites: Lincoln Home and Tomb, Old State Capitol, Bishop Hill, Cahokia Mounds, Illinois and Michigan National Heritage Corridor, Nauvoo, Ulysses S. Grant Home
  • Points of Interest: Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Brookfield Zoo, Sears Tower
  • Bordering States: Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana. Illinois also borders Lake Michigan.

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