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State of Illinois
State flag of Illinois State seal of Illinois
(Flag of Illinois) (Seal of Illinois)
State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State
Map of the U.S. with Illinois highlighted
Other U.S. States
Capital Springfield
Largest city Chicago
Governor Rod Blagojevich
Official languages English
Area 149,998 km² (25th)
 - Land 143,968 km²
 - Water 6,030 km² (4.0%)
Population (2000)
 - Population 12,419,293 (5th)
 - Density 86.27 /km² (11th)
Admission into Union
 - Date December 3, 1818
 - Order 21st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Latitude 36°58'N to 42°30'N
Longitude 87°30'W to 91°30'W
Width 340 km
Length 629 km
Elevation
 - Highest 376 m
 - Mean 182 m
 - Lowest 85 m
Abbreviations
 - USPS IL
 - ISO 3166-2 US-IL
Web site www.illinois.gov

Illinois (pronounced [ˌɪləˈnɔɪ] or occasionally [ˌɪləˈnɔɪz]) constitutes the 21st state of the United States, located in the former Northwest Territory. Its name was given by the state's French explorers after the indigenous Illiniwek people, a consortium of Algonquin tribes that thrived in the area. The word Illiniwek means simply "the people". File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... State seal of Illinois. ... The flag of the state of Illinois was designed in 1912 by Lucy Derwent in response to a contest held by the Daughters of the American Revolution. ... This is a list of U.S. state nicknames: (official state nicknames in bold) See also Lists of U.S. state insignia External link Information about U.S. State Nicknames Categories: U.S. state insignia ... 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The capital of Illinois is Springfield while its largest city is Chicago, along the waterfront of Lake Michigan. Most of the state's population resides in Chicago and its suburbs. The U.S. postal abbreviation for the state is IL. In politics a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has an alternative meaning based on an alternative meaning of capital) is the principal city or town associated with its government. ... City nickname: Location in the state of Illinois Founded 1819 County Sangamon County Mayor Timothy Davlin Area  - Total  - Water 156. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Sunset on Lake Michigan A different sunset on the lake. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ...


The USS Illinois was named in honor of this state. Four ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Illinois in honor of the 21st state. ...

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History

Pre-Columbian

Cahokia, the urban center of the pre-Columbian Mississippian culture, was located near present-day Collinsville, Illinois. That civilization vanished circa 1400-1500 for unknown reasons. The next major power in the region was the Illiniwek Confederation, a political alliance among several tribes. The Illiniwek gave Illinois its name. The Illini suffered in the seventeenth century as Iroquois expansion forced them to compete with several tribes for land. The Ilini were replaced in Illinois by the Potawatomi, Miami, Sauk, and other tribes. This article is about the Native American city. ... The Mississippian culture was a Mound-building Native American culture that flourished in the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States in the centuries leading up to European contact. ... Collinsville is a city located in Madison County, Illinois. ... The Illiniwek (also known as the Illini, Illinois, Illinois Confederacy, etc) were a group of several Native American tribes in the upper Mississippi River valley of North America. ... The Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee, also known as the League of Peace and Power) is a group of First Nations/Native Americans. ... The Potawatomi (also spelled Pottawatomie or Pottawatomi) are an Aboriginal American people of the upper Mississippi River region. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... For the abbreviation or acronym SAC, please see SAC. The Sauks or Sacs (Asakiwaki in their own language) are a group of Native Americans whose original territory may have been along the St. ...


European exploration

French explorers Jacques Marquette,S.J. and Louis Joliet explored the Illinois River in 1673. As a result of their exploration, Illinois was part of the French empire until 1763, when it passed to the British. The area was ceded to the new United States in 1783 and became part of the Northwest Territory. Father Jacques Marquette, S.J. (1636 - May 19, 1675) and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to see and map the Mississippi River. ... Louis Joliet, also known Louis Jolliet (September 21, 1645 - May 1700), was a Canadian explorer born in Quebec who is important for his discoveries in North America. ... Events The English Test Act was passed. ... 1763 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1783 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the historic region of the United States; you may be looking for: North-Western Territory, British North American territory Northwest Territories, present-day Canadian territory Pacific Northwest, unofficial region in the United States The Northwest Territory, also known as the Old Northwest and the Territory North...


The 1800s

The Illinois-Wabash Company was an early claimant to much of Illinois. The Illinois Territory was created on February 3, 1809. In 1818, Illinois became the 21st U.S. state. Early U.S. settlement began in the south part of the state and quickly spread northward, driving out the native residents. With the 1832 Black Hawk War, the last native tribes were driven out of northern Illinois. Illinois-Wabash Company land holdings included Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. ... Categories: Stub | Illinois history | U.S. historical regions and territories ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1809 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1818 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1832 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Black Hawk War was a war fought in 1832 in the Midwestern section of the United States of America between American settlers and Native Americans. ...


Illinois is known as the "Land of Lincoln" because it is here that the 16th President spent his formative years. Chicago gained prominence as a canal port after 1848, and as a rail hub soon afterward. By 1857, Chicago was Illinois' largest city (see History of Chicago). Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th (1861–1865) President of the United States, and the first president from the Republican Party. ... Seal of the President of the United States The President of the United States is the head of state of the United States. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Categories: Water-transport stubs | Canals | Water transport ... 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the history of Chicago. ...


The Civil War

During the Civil War, over 250,000 Illinois men served in the Union Army, more than any other northern state except New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Beginning with President Lincoln's first call for troops and continuing throughout the war, Illinois mustered 150 infantry regiments (see Illinois in the Civil War), which were numbered from the 7th IL to the 156th IL. Seventeen cavalry regiments were also mustered, as well as two light artillery regiments. Illinois infantry regimental flag (77th IL is shown) During the American Civil War, over 250,000 Illinois men served in the Union Army, more than any other northern state except New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. ...


Government

The sample version of the current Illinois license plate introduced in 2001.
The sample version of the current Illinois license plate introduced in 2001.

The state government of Illinois is modeled after the federal government with adaptations originating from traditions cultivated during the state's frontier era. As codified in the state constitution, there are three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The executive branch is led by the Governor of Illinois. Legislative functions are given to the Illinois General Assembly, comprised of the 118-member Illinois State House of Representatives and the 59-member Illinois State Senate. The judiciary is comprised of the state supreme court, which oversees the lower appelate courts and circuit courts. 2001 base Illinois sample license plate. ... 2001 base Illinois sample license plate. ... A license plate, licence plate, number plate or registration plate (often referred to simply as a plate, or colloquially tag) is a small metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle for official identification purposes. ... The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. ... The Illinois General Assembly convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... The Illinois House of Representatives convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... The Illinois Senate convenes at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. ... The supreme court in some countries, provinces, and states, is the highest court in that jurisdiction and functions as a court of last resort whose rulings cannot be appealed. ... Court of Appeals is the title of certain appellate courts in various jurisdictions. ... Circuit courts previously were United States federal courts established in each federal judicial district. ...

The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. ... Rod R. Blagojevich is the 40th Governor of Illinois. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... The Lieutenant Governor of Illinois is the secondary chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the lieutenant governor has specific jurisdiction. ... Pat Quinn is a United States politician from the state of Illinois. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Jesse White (born June 23, 1934) is a Democratic American politician. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Judy Baar Topinka currently serves as Illinois State Treasurer. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Seal of the Senate The Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Richard Joseph Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is an American politician. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Seal of the Senate The Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Introducing himself as a skinny kid with a funny name, Obama delivers the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ...

Geography

See List of Illinois counties List of 102 counties in the U.S. state of Illinois: Illinois counties Adams County Alexander County Bond County Boone County Brown County Bureau County Calhoun County Carroll County Cass County Champaign County Christian County Clark County Clay County Clinton County Coles County Cook County Crawford County Cumberland County DeKalb...


It is in the north-central U.S. and borders on Lake Michigan. Surrounding states are Wisconsin to the north, Iowa and Missouri to the west, Kentucky to the south, and Indiana to the east. Illinois also borders Michigan, but only via a water boundary in Lake Michigan. Sunset on Lake Michigan A different sunset on the lake. ... One of the periods of glaciation was also termed the Wisconsin glaciation. ... State nickname: The Hawkeye State Other U.S. States Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack Official languages English Area 145,743 km² (26th)  - Land 144,701 km²  - Water 1,042 km² (0. ... Missouri, named after the Missouri Siouan Indian tribe meaning canoe, is a Midwestern state of the United States with Jefferson City as its capital. ... State nickname: Bluegrass State Other U.S. States Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Governor Ernie Fletcher Official languages English Area 104,749 km² (37th)  - Land 102,989 km²  - Water 1,760 km² (1. ... State nickname: The Hoosier State Other U.S. States Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Governor Mitch Daniels Official languages English Area 94,321 km² (38th)  - Land 92,897 km²  - Water 1,424 km² (1. ...


Illinois has three major geographical divisions. The first is Chicagoland, including the city of Chicago, its suburbs, and the adjoining exurban area into which the metropolis is expanding. This region includes a few counties in Indiana and Wisconsin and streches across much of the Northern Illinois toward the Iowa border, generally along and north of Interstate 80. This region is cosmopolitan, densely populated, industrialized, and settled by a variety of ethnic groups. The city of Chicago is heavily Democratic. While this tendency has historically been balanced by Republican voters in the suburbs, Democrats have significantly increased their suburban support in the past decade. The Chicagoland region is colored red. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Interstate 80 as seen from an overpass in Davis, California Interstate 80 is the second-longest interstate highway in the United States. ... Democracy is a form of government under which the power to alter the laws and structures of government lies, ultimately, with the citizenry. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


Southward and westward, the second major division is Central Illinois, an area of rolling hills and flat prairie. Known as the Land of Lincoln, it is characterized by small towns and mid-sized cities. Agriculture, particularly corn and soybeans, figures prominently. Major cities include famously average Peoria, Springfield (the state capital), and Champaign-Urbana (home of the University of Illinois). This region's largely rural character helps to sustain a heavily Republican voting pattern and widespread antipathy toward Chicago. Prairie refers to an area of land in North America of low topographic relief that principally supports grasses and herbs, with few trees, and is generally of a mesic (moderate or temperate) climate. ... Lincoln (pronounced Ling-kun) is a cathedral city and county town of Lincolnshire, England, a bridging point over the River Witham, which flows to Boston. ... Species Zea diploperennis Zea luxurians Zea nicaraguensis Zea perennis References ITIS 42268 2002-09-22 Sorting Zea names This article is about the staple food. ... Binomial name Glycine max Soybeans (US) or soya beans (UK) (Glycine max) are a high-protein legume (Family Fabaceae) grown as food for both humans and livestock. ... Peoria is the name of the Peoria tribe of Native Americans and the name of a number of places in the United States of America: Peoria, Arizona Peoria, Illinois Peoria County, Illinois Peoria, Oregon This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share... Springfield is a common name, and perhaps the most common place name in the United States. ... A view of Champaign from above (see wider view). ... Urbana is the name of some places in the United States of America: Urbana, Illinois Urbana, Maryland Urbana, Missouri Urbana, New York Urbana, Ohio Urbana is the name of a place in Italy: Urbana, Italy In addition, there is also, with a slightly different spelling: Urbanna, Virginia In addition, it... The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ...


The third division is Southern Illinois, or Little Egypt, distinguished from the other two by its warmer climate, different mix of crops (including some cotton farming in the past), more rugged unglaciated topography, coal mining, and proximity to the juncture of the Mississippi River and Ohio River. The combination of coal mining and industrialization, especially in the region around Saint Louis, Missouri, has caused the region to lean Democratic politically. This division comprises the area generally along and south of Interstate 70. Little Egypt is an area in southern Illinois. ... Cotton is a soft fiber that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant, a shrub native to the tropical and subtropical regions of both the Old World and the New World. ... Coal is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground either by underground mining, open-pit mining or strip mining. ... Length 6,270 km Elevation of the source 450 m Average discharge Saint Louis¹: 5,500 m³/s Vicksburg²: 16,800 m³/s Baton Rouge³: 12,800 m³/s Area watershed 2,980,000 km² Origin Lake Itasca Mouth Gulf of Mexico Basin countries United States (98. ... US Grant Bridge in Portsmouth, Ohio with Ohio River and Scioto River tributary on right. ... The name Saint Louis has several referents: Catholic Saints King Saint Louis IX of France; Saint Louis, bishop of Toulouse in France Locations Saint Louis, Missouri St. ... Missouri, named after the Missouri Siouan Indian tribe meaning canoe, is a Midwestern state of the United States with Jefferson City as its capital. ... I-70 looking westbound near Mile 326, Wabaunsee County, Kansas Interstate 70 is a long interstate highway in the United States. ...


McLean County is the largest county in terms of land area, at 1,184 sq mi., while Cook County is the largest county in terms of population, at 5,327,777. Both figures are as of 2004. McLean County is the name of several counties in the United States: McLean County, Illinois McLean County, Kentucky McLean County, North Dakota This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Cook County is the name of several counties in the United States: Cook County, Georgia Cook County, Illinois Cook County, Minnesota Cooke County, Texas This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In extreme northwestern Illinois the Driftless Zone, a region of unglaciated and therefore comparatively higher and more rugged topography, occupies a small part of the state. The Driftless Area is an area of about 20,000 square miles in southwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa which was by-passed by the continental glaciers. ...


Economy

The 2003 total gross state product for Illinois was $499 billion, placing it 5th in the nation. The per capita income was $32,965. Illinois quarter from the 50 state quarters series File links The following pages link to this file: Illinois Categories: Public domain images ... In economics, the gross domestic product (GDP) is a measure of the amount of the economic production of a particular territory in financial capital terms during a specific time period. ...


Illinois' agricultural outputs are corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products and wheat. Its industrial outputs are machinery, food processing, electrical equipment, chemical products, publishing, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, petroleum and coal.


Demographics

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2003, the population of Illinois was 12,653,544. At the northern edge of the state on Lake Michigan lies Chicago, the nation's third largest city. More than half of the population of Illinois 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. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Racially, the state is:

The top 5 ancestry groups in Illinois are German (19.6%), African American (15.1%), Irish (12.2%), Mexican (9.2%), Polish (7.5%). For other uses, see White (disambiguation). ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Hispanic, as used in the United States, is one of several terms used to categorize US citizens, permanent residents and temporary immigrants, whose background hail either from the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America or relating to a Spanish-speaking culture. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ... The terms multiracial, biracial and mixed-race describe people whose ancestors are not of a single race. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ...


7.1% of Illinois' population were reported as under 5, 26.1% under 18, and 12.1% were 65 or older. Females made up approximately 51% of the population.


Religion

Unlike the other Midwestern states, Illinois is not overwhelmingly Protestant--only about half of the people profess that faith. Roman Catholics (who are predominant in and around Chicago) account for one-third of the population.


The religious affiliations of the people of Illinois are:

  • Protestant – 51%
  • Roman Catholic – 33%
  • Other Christian – 1%
  • Other Religions – 3%
  • Non-Religious – 8%

The three largest Protestant denominations in Illinois are: Baptist (15% of total state population), Lutheran (8%), Methodist (8%). Baptist churches are part of a Christian movement often regarded as an Evangelical, Protestant denomination. ... The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... The Methodist movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity. ...


Important cities and towns

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See complete listing here... File links The following pages link to this file: Illinois Categories: National Atlas images | Illinois maps ... File links The following pages link to this file: Illinois Categories: National Atlas images | Illinois maps ... Chicago, Illinois skyline during the day This is a photograph of the skyline of Chicago, Illinois USA. The picture was taken by David Sky, on Saturday, August 24th, 2002 around 4PM using a Canon PowerShot S100 without a tripod. ... Chicago, Illinois skyline during the day This is a photograph of the skyline of Chicago, Illinois USA. The picture was taken by David Sky, on Saturday, August 24th, 2002 around 4PM using a Canon PowerShot S100 without a tripod. ... List of towns and villages in Illinois, arranged in alphabetical order. ...

Population > 1,000,000

Population > 100,000 Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ...

Important Suburbs of Chicago Aurora is a city located in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties in Illinois. ... Joliet is a city located in both Will and Kendall County, Illinois and is a suburb southwest of Chicago. ... Naperville is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois and Will County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 128,358; a special census in 2003 estimated the population at 135,858. ... Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria County6, Illinois. ... Rockford is a city located in Winnebago County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 150,115. ... City nickname: Location in the state of Illinois Founded 1819 County Sangamon County Mayor Timothy Davlin Area  - Total  - Water 156. ...

of St. Louis Addison is a village located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... Arlington Heights is a village located in Cook County, Illinois and a northwestern suburb of Chicago. ... Aurora is a city located in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties in Illinois. ... Berwyn is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Bolingbrook is a village located in Will County, Illinois and DuPage County, Illinois. ... Buffalo Grove is a village located in Cook and Lake counties in Illinois. ... Carol Streams third and newest logo was adopted in 1996. ... View of Carpentersville from the cemetery, 1898 Carpentersville is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Cicero is a town located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Crystal Lake is a city located in McHenry County, Illinois. ... Des Plaines (DEHS PLAYNZ, IPA /dɛzˈplejnz/) is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Downers Grove, Illinois Downers Grove is a suburb located 19 miles west of Chicago in DuPage County, Illinois. ... The Elgin Tower Building in historic downtown Elgin dates from 1929 Elgin (pronounced [ˈɛldʒɪn] (IPA)) is a large suburb of Chicago located on the Fox River mainly in Kane County, Illinois, with a portion also in Cook County, Illinois. ... Elk Grove Village is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Elmhurst is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... The Arch, the main entrance to the Evanston campus of Northwestern University Evanston (elevation 600 ft. ... Glendale Heights is a village located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... Glenview is the name of two places in the State of Illinois in the United States of America: Glenview, Cook County, Illinois Glenview, Saint Clair County, Illinois This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Hoffman Estates is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Joliet is a city located in both Will and Kendall County, Illinois and is a suburb southwest of Chicago. ... La Grange is a relatively affluent suburb of Chicago located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Lemont is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Mount Prospect, part of Elk Grove Township, is a village located in Cook County, Illinois about 22 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. ... Naperville is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois and Will County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 128,358; a special census in 2003 estimated the population at 135,858. ... Northbrook is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Oak Lawn is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Oak Park is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Orland Park is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Oswego is a village located in Kendall County, Illinois. ... Palatine is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Park Ridge is a suburb of Chicago located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Round Lake Beach is a village located in Lake County, Illinois. ... Schaumburg is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Skokie is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... St. ... Tinley Park is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Waukegan is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, of which it is the county seat. ... Western Springs is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Wheaton is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois, located about 28 miles west of Near North Side, Chicago and Lake Michigan. ... Wheeling is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ...

of Rockford Belleville is a city located in St. ... Collinsville is a city located in Madison County, Illinois. ... East St. ... Edwardsville is a city located in Madison County, Illinois. ... Granite City is a city located in Madison County, Illinois. ... OFallon is a city located in St. ... Rockford is a city located in Winnebago County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 150,115. ...

of Peoria Loves Park is a city located in Winnebago County, Illinois. ... Machesney Park is a village located in Winnebago County, Illinois. ... Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria County6, Illinois. ...

Other cities > 10,000 population East Peoria is a city located in Tazewell County, Illinois. ... Morton is a village located in Tazewell County, Illinois. ... Pekin is a city (formerly Peking) located in Tazewell County, Illinois. ... Washington is a city located in Tazewell County, Illinois. ...

A view of Champaign from above ( see wider view). ... A snowy day in Carle Park west of the Urbana High School. ... Bloomington is a city located in McLean County, Illinois. ... Normal is a town located in McLean County, Illinois. ... East Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois. ... Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois. ... Rock Island is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois. ... Decatur is a city located in Macon County, Illinois. ... Alton is a city located in Madison County, Illinois. ... Bellwood is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Kankakee is a city located in Kankakee County, Illinois. ... DeKalb is a city located in DeKalb County, Illinois. ... Danville is a city located in Vermilion County, Illinois. ... Quincy, known as the Gem City, is a city located in Adams County, Illinois. ... Galesburg is a city located in Knox County, Illinois. ... Sterling is a city located in Whiteside County, Illinois. ... Freeport is a city located in Stephenson County, Illinois. ... Carbondale is a city in extreme south central Illinois in the midwestern United States, about an hour north of Cairo. ... Jacksonville is a city located in Morgan County, Illinois. ... Charleston is the county seat of Coles County, Illinois6. ... Centralia is a city located in Clinton County, Illinois. ... Ottawa is a city located in La Salle County, Illinois. ... Woodstock is a city located in McHenry County, Illinois. ... Herrin is a city located in Williamson County, Illinois. ... Mattoon is a city located in Coles County, Illinois. ... Macomb is a city located in McDonough County, Illinois. ... Streator is a city located in La Salle County, Illinois in the northern United States. ... Lincoln is a town located in Logan County, Illinois. ... Dixon is a city located in Lee County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 15,941. ... Mount Vernon is a city located in Jefferson County, Illinois. ... Marion is a city located in Williamson County, Illinois. ... Canton is the largest city in Fulton County, Illinois. ... Rantoul is a village located in Champaign County, Illinois. ... Effingham is a city located in Effingham County, Illinois. ... Taylorville is a city located in Christian County, Illinois. ... Morris is a city located in Grundy County, Illinois. ... Murphysboro is a city located in Jackson County, Illinois. ... Kewanee is a city located in Henry County, Illinois. ... Sandwich is a city located in DeKalb County, Illinois. ... Pontiac is a city located in Livingston County, Illinois. ... Harrisburg is a city located in Saline County, Illinois. ... Braidwood is a city located in Will County, Illinois. ... Monmouth is the county seat of Warren County, Illinois and home of Monmouth College. ...

Counties of Illinois

Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Alexander County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Bond County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Boone County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Brown County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Bureau County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Calhoun County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Carroll County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Cass County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Champaign County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Christian County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Clark County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois, and determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1950. ... Clinton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois, and determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1960. ... Coles County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Organized with approximately 100 residents in 1831, Cook County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Crawford County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Cumberland County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... DeKalb County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... DeWitt County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Douglas County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... DuPage County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Edgar County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Edwards County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Effingham County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Fayette County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Ford County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Fulton County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Gallatin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Greene County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Grundy County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Hamilton County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Hancock County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Hardin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Henderson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Henry County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Iroquois County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jackson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jasper County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jo Daviess County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Johnson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Kane County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Kankakee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Kendall County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Knox County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... La Salle County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Lawrence County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Lee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Livingston County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Logan County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McDonough County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McHenry County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McLean County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Macon County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Macoupin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Madison County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Marion County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Marshall County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Mason County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Massac County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Menard County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Mercer County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Monroe County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Montgomery County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Morgan County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Moultrie County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Ogle County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Peoria County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Perry County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Piatt County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Pike County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Pope County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Pulaski County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Putnam County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Randolph County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Richland County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Rock Island County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... St. ... Saline County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Sangamon County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Schuyler County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Scott County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Shelby County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Stark County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Stephenson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Tazewell County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Union County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Vermilion County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Wabash County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Warren County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Wayne County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... White County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Whiteside County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Will County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois. ... Williamson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Winnebago County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Woodford County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ...

Education

Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education or ISBE, autonomous of the governor and the state legislature, administers public education in the state. Local municipalities and their respective school districts operate individual public schools but the ISBE audits performance of public schools with an annual school report card. The ISBE also makes recommendations to state leaders concerning education spending and policies. Public education is schooling provided by the government, and paid for by taxes. ... School Districts are a form of Special-purpose district in the United States which serves to operate the local public primary, middle, and secondary schools. ... The Illinois School Report Card is a measurement of school performance created by the Illinois State Board of Education. ...


There is current debate as to the role of the ISBE and whether or not its autonomous relationship with the governor and the state legislature is appropriate. In 2002, the Office of the Governor proposed the creation of a monolithic statewide department of education to replace the ISBE. However, direct control of the new department would fall under the state governor's jurisdiction. The structure would mimic the system employed by the Hawaii State Department of Education, which has no local school districts. Opponents to the proposal argue that local communities would lose control over what their children would learn in public schools and the means by which those public schools operate. 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hawaii State Department of Education is the most centralized and only statewide public education system in the United States. ...


Primary and secondary schools

Education is compulsory from kindergarten through the twelfth grade in Illinois, 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. In some cases, elementary, middle and junior high schools of a single district feed into high schools in another district. Kindergarten (German for garden for children) is a name used in many parts of the world for the first stages of a childs classroom education. ... Primary or elementary education consist of the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Japanese high school students in uniform Secondary education is a period of education which follows directly after primary education (such as intermediate school or elementary school), and which may be followed by tertiary or post-secondary education. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Middle school and junior high school cover a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education and serve as a bridge between them. ... Middle school and junior high school cover a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education and serve as a bridge between them. ... Japanese high school students in uniform High school, or Secondary school, is the last segment of compulsory education in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan (Republic of China) (only junior high school) and the United States. ...

See List of school districts in Illinois for a listing of all school districts, by county.
See List of high schools in Illinois for a partial list of high schools.

List of school districts in Illinois Adams County Central Community Unit School District 3 - District web site Community Unit School District 4 - District web site Liberty Community Unit School District 2 - District web site Payson Community Unit School District 1 - District web site Quincy School District 172 - District web site... Adams County Central High School, Camp Point Liberty High School, Liberty Quincy Notre Dame High School, Quincy Quincy Senior High School, Quincy Seymour High School, Payson Unity High School, Mendon Alexander County Cairo High School, Cairo Egyptian Senior High School, Tamms Bond County Bond City High School, Greenville Boone County...

Colleges and universities

While many students enter the military or join the workforce directly from high school, students have the option of applying to colleges and universities in Illinois. Notable Illinois institutions of higher education include Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and the several branches of the University of Illinois. Illinois is also home to 49 colleges in the Illinois community college system. A college (Latin collegium) can be the name of any group of colleagues; originally it meant a group of people living together under a common set of rules (con-, together + leg-, law). As a consequence members of colleges were originally styled fellows and still are in some places. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... Higher education is education provided by universities and other institutions that award academic degrees, such as university colleges, and liberal arts colleges. ... Loyola University, formally Loyola University Chicago, is a private co-educational, religious-affiliated university established in Chicago, Illinois in 1869 as Saint Ignatius College. ... The Arch, the main entrance to Northwesterns Evanston campus Northwestern University is a private university situated in Evanston, Illinois, on a 240 acre (970,000 m²) campus along the shores of Lake Michigan. ... The University of Chicago is a private co-educational university located in Chicago, Illinois. ... The University of Illinois is the set of three public universities in Illinois. ... The Illinois community college system consists of 40 public community college districts composed of 49 community colleges. ...


List of colleges and universities

Augustana College is the name of two colleges in the U.S., both founded by Scandinavian immigrants: Augustana College (Illinois) Augustana College (South Dakota) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Benedictine University is a private university located in Lisle, Illinois. ... Bradley University is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. ... Chicago State University (CSU) is a university in Chicago, Illinois. ... The College of DuPage is a two-year community college, with its main campus located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. ... Columbia College is the name of several institutions of higher education. ... Concordia University, River Forest (CURF) is a private, Lutheran liberal arts university located in the suburb of River Forest, Illinois, just west of Chicago. ... DePaul University is a university in Chicago that was founded by the Vincentians in 1898. ... The Dominican University is a public university located in River Forest, Illinois. ... Eastern Illinois University, founded 1895, is a university located in Charleston, Illinois. ... Elmhurst College was founded in 1871. ... Eureka College is a school in Eureka, Illinois founded in 1855. ... Greenville College is located in Greenville, Illinois, a small (population 6500) southern Illinois city, located some 45 miles from St. ... Illinois College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church (USA) located in Jacksonville, Illinois. ... Illinois Institute of Technology Main Building McCormick Tribune Campus Center Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a private Ph. ... Illinois State University, originally named Illinois State Normal University, was founded in 1857 and was the first public institution of higher education in the state. ... Illinois Wesleyan is a university located in Bloomington, Illinois. ... Judson College, founded in 1838 in Marion, Alabama (as Judson Female Institute) is the nations fifth oldest womens college. ... Knox College is a four-year coeducational private college located in Galesburg, Illinois. ... Lake Forest College, founded in 1857, is a liberal arts college located in Lake Forest, Illinois. ... Lewis University is a private Catholic university located in Romeoville, Illinois. ... Loyola University, formally Loyola University Chicago, is a private co-educational, religious-affiliated university established in Chicago, Illinois in 1869 as Saint Ignatius College. ... McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois is the oldest college in the state. ... Midwestern University is a graduate school of medicine located in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona. ... Millikin University, also known as MU (official abbreviation), is a coed, independent 4-year university, with studies in Arts & Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, and Nursing. ... Monmouth College is a four-year coeducational private liberal arts college located in Monmouth, Illinois. ... Moody Bible Institute is a prominent Christian institution for higher education. ... Chicago-based multi campus institution with a strong history of preparing teachers and educational leaders. ... North Central College is a private liberal arts college located in Naperville, Illinois. ... North Park University is a university located in Chicago, Illinois. ... much of the text appears to be fluff Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is dedicated to both excellence and access. ... Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of more than 25,000. ... The Arch, the main entrance to Northwesterns Evanston campus Northwestern University is a private university situated in Evanston, Illinois, on a 240 acre (970,000 m²) campus along the shores of Lake Michigan. ... (There is a college in Michigan named Olivet College) Olivet Nazarene University is a liberal arts university located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. ... Principia College is a four-year private co-educational liberal arts college in Elsah, Illinois. ... Qunicy University is a private liberal arts Catholic university located in Quincy, Illinois. ... Robert Morris College is located in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Blanche Walker Burpee Center, the heart of the college. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... St. ... On the western edge of Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, is the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the premier art museums and schools in the United States, known especially for the extensive collection of impressionist and American art in its museum. ... Shimer College was founded in 1853 in Mount Carroll, Illinois by Frances Wood Shimer as a non-denominational co-educational seminary. ... Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is located in Carbondale, Illinois. ... Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is located in Edwardsville, Illinois. ... Trinity Christian College is a liberal arts college loosely affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America and located in Palos Heights, Illinois. ... Trinity International University is an evangelical Christian institution of higher education headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. ... Triton College is a two-year community college located in River Grove, Illinois, a suburb 14 miles (23 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. ... The University of Chicago is a private co-educational university located in Chicago, Illinois. ... The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois. ... The University of Illinois at Springfield is a campus of the University of Illinois. ... University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign   The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the largest campus in the University of Illinois system. ... The University of St. ... Western Illinois University, founded 1899, is a university located in Macomb, Illinois. ... Blanchard Hall Wheaton College is a private, interdenominational Christian college located in Wheaton, Illinois. ... William Rainey Harper College is a two-year community college in Palatine, Illinois. ...

Professional sports teams

NFL logo The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most popular professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ... Conference NFC Division North Founded 1920 Home Field Soldier Field City Chicago Colors Navy blue, burnt orange, and white Head Coach Lovie Smith All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 660-489-42 The Chicago Bears are a National Football League team based in Chicago. ... NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West The National Basketball Association, more popularly known as simply the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league. ... The Chicago Bulls are a National Basketball Association team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional sports organization composed of ice hockey teams in the United States and Canada, where it is also known by its French name, Ligue Nationale de Hockey. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a National Hockey League team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... MLS logo Major League Soccer (MLS) is the top soccer league in the United States in the American Soccer Pyramid, sanctioned by the professional division of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF or U.S. Soccer), a member of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). ... Year Founded 1997 League Major League Soccer Stadium Soldier Field Coach Dave Sarachan, 2003- All-Time Leaders* Games C.J. Brown, Jesse Marsch, 172 Goals Ante Razov, 76 Assists Peter Nowak, 48 Points Ante Razov, 190 Shutouts Zach Thornton, 44 First Game Miami Fusion 0 - 2 Chicago Fire (Lockhart Stadium... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Chicago Cubs National League AAA Iowa Cubs AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx A Daytona Cubs Peoria Chiefs Boise Hawks R Mesa Cubs The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago. ... Chicago White Sox American League AAA Charlotte Knights AA Birmingham Barons A Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators R Bristol White Sox Great Falls White Sox The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor leagues are baseball leagues which are at a lower pay level and generally play in smaller cities and towns than Major League Baseball. ... Chicago Cubs National League AAA Iowa Cubs AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx A Daytona Cubs Peoria Chiefs Boise Hawks R Mesa Cubs The Peoria Chiefs are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, from Peoria, Illinois. ... Oakland Athletics American League AAA Sacramento River Cats AA Midland RockHounds A Stockton Ports Kane County Cougars Vancouver Canadians R Phoenix Athletics The Kane County Cougars are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics, that plays in the Midwest League. ... The Cook County Cheetahs are a minor league baseball team which plays in Crestwood, Illinois. ... The Gateway Grizzlies are a minor league baseball team which plays in Sauget, Illinois. ... The Rockford RiverHawks are a minor league baseball team which plays in Rockford, Illinois. ... The Schaumburg Flyers are a Northern League baseball team based in Schaumburg, Illinois. ...

People

Order: 40th President Vice President: George H.W. Bush Term of office: 21 January 1981 – 20 January 1989 Preceded by: Jimmy Carter Succeeded by: George H.W. Bush Date of birth: 6 February 1911 Place of birth: Tampico, Illinois Date of death: 5 June 2004 Place of death: Bel-Air... Tampico is a village located in Whiteside County, Illinois. ... Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th (1861–1865) President of the United States, and the first president from the Republican Party. ... City nickname: Location in the state of Illinois Founded 1819 County Sangamon County Mayor Timothy Davlin Area  - Total  - Water 156. ...

State symbols

The Cardinal is the state bird of Illinois
The Cardinal is the state bird of Illinois

Cardinal thumbnail--from USFWS website in public File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Cardinal thumbnail--from USFWS website in public File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A state animal is the official or representative animal of a U.S. state. ... Genera About 15 in 4 subfamilies. ... The state bird is the insignia of a province or a state of a country. ... Binomial name Cardinalis cardinalis (Linnaeus, 1758) The Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, is a member of the Cardinal family of birds in North America. ... This is a list of U.S. state capitals: See also List of current and former capital cities within the United States List of capitals of subnational entities Categories: U.S. states | U.S. state capitals | Lists of cities in the United States ... City nickname: Location in the state of Illinois Founded 1819 County Sangamon County Mayor Timothy Davlin Area  - Total  - Water 156. ... This is a list of official U.S. state dances: See also Lists of U.S. state insignia Categories: U.S. state insignia ... Square dance is a folk dance for four couples that was first described in 17th century England, but which has become associated with the United States of America due to its historic development in that country. ... This is a list of official U.S. state fish: See also Lists of U.S. state insignia Categories: U.S. state insignia ... Binomial name Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque, 1819 The bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish. ... This is a list of U.S. state flowers: External link Juelies State Flower Garden of Gifs See also Lists of U.S. state insignia Categories: Lists of flowers | U.S. state insignia ... Species Viola bicolor Pursh Viola beckwithii Viola nephrophylla Viola pedunculata Viola odorata Viola tricolor Viola × wittrockiana - Pansy List all species Violets (genus Viola) are flowers of the family Violaceae, with around 400 species throughout temperate areas of the world. ... Though every state in the United States has a State Bird and a State Flower, not every state in the United States has a State Fossil. ... This is a list of U.S. state insects: See also Lists of U.S. state insignia Categories: U.S. state insignia ... Binomial name Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758) The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a well-known North American butterfly. ... List of U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones, and gemstones. ... Octahedral fluorite crystals from New Mexico, USA Fluorite (also called fluor-spar) is a mineral composed of calcium fluoride, CaF2. ... Here is a list of state mottos for the states of the United States. ... This is a list of official U.S. state grass: See also Lists of U.S. state insignia Categories: U.S. state insignia ... Each state in the United States (except New Jersey) has a state song, selected by the state legislature as a symbol of the state. ... Illinois  Listen to Illinois is the official state song of the state of Illinois in the United States. ... Popped kernels Popcorn or popping corn is a type of maize which puffs up when it is heated in oil or by dry heat. ... This List of U.S. state trees includes official trees of the following states and U.S. possessions: See also Lists of U.S. state insignia National Grove of State Trees External link USDA list of state trees and flowers Categories: U.S. state insignia | Lists of plants | Trees ... Binomial name Quercus alba L. The White oak (Quercus alba) is one of the most magnificent of oaks. ...

See also

Little Egypt is an area in southern Illinois. ... Fort Sheridan, Illinois was a United States Army Post named after Civil War Cavalry General Philip Sheridan, to honor his many services to Chicago. ... This is a list of ZIP Codes for the state of Illinois in the United States. ... Illinois voted for Senator Kerry in the 2004 election. ...

External links

  • State of Illinois Web Site



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File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Chicagoland region is colored red. ... Little Egypt is an area in southern Illinois. ... The Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Area, also known as Chambana, is a region in east central Illinois. ... Alton is a city located in Madison County, Illinois. ... Aurora is a city located in Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties in Illinois. ... Belleville is a city located in St. ... Berwyn is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Bloomington is a city located in McLean County, Illinois. ... Burbank is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Calumet City is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... A view of Champaign from above ( see wider view). ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Crystal Lake is a city located in McHenry County, Illinois. ... Decatur is a city located in Macon County, Illinois. ... DeKalb is a city located in DeKalb County, Illinois. ... Des Plaines (DEHS PLAYNZ, IPA /dɛzˈplejnz/) is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... The Elgin Tower Building in historic downtown Elgin dates from 1929 Elgin (pronounced [ˈɛldʒɪn] (IPA)) is a large suburb of Chicago located on the Fox River mainly in Kane County, Illinois, with a portion also in Cook County, Illinois. ... Elmhurst is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... The Arch, the main entrance to the Evanston campus of Northwestern University Evanston (elevation 600 ft. ... Joliet is a city located in both Will and Kendall County, Illinois and is a suburb southwest of Chicago. ... Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois. ... Naperville is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois and Will County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 128,358; a special census in 2003 estimated the population at 135,858. ... Park Ridge is a suburb of Chicago located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria County6, Illinois. ... Quincy, known as the Gem City, is a city located in Adams County, Illinois. ... Rockford is a city located in Winnebago County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 150,115. ... Rock Island is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois. ... City nickname: Location in the state of Illinois Founded 1819 County Sangamon County Mayor Timothy Davlin Area  - Total  - Water 156. ... St. ... A snowy day in Carle Park west of the Urbana High School. ... Wheaton is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois, located about 28 miles west of Near North Side, Chicago and Lake Michigan. ... Waukegan is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, of which it is the county seat. ... List of towns and villages in Illinois, arranged in alphabetical order. ... Addison is a village located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... Arlington Heights is a village located in Cook County, Illinois and a northwestern suburb of Chicago. ... Bartlett is a village located in both Cook County and DuPage County, Illinois. ... Bolingbrook is a village located in Will County, Illinois and DuPage County, Illinois. ... Buffalo Grove is a village located in Cook and Lake counties in Illinois. ... Carol Streams third and newest logo was adopted in 1996. ... View of Carpentersville from the cemetery, 1898 Carpentersville is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Cicero is a town located in Cook County, Illinois. ... 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Tinley Park is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... List of 102 counties in the U.S. state of Illinois: Illinois counties Adams County Alexander County Bond County Boone County Brown County Bureau County Calhoun County Carroll County Cass County Champaign County Christian County Clark County Clay County Clinton County Coles County Cook County Crawford County Cumberland County DeKalb... Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Alexander County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Bond County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Boone County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Brown County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Bureau County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Calhoun County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Carroll County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Cass County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... 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Douglas County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... DuPage County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Edgar County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Edwards County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Effingham County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Fayette County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Ford County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Franklin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Fulton County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Gallatin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Greene County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Grundy County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Hamilton County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Hancock County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Hardin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Henderson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Henry County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Iroquois County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jackson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jasper County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jo Daviess County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Johnson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Kane County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Kankakee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Kendall County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Knox County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... La Salle County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Lawrence County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Lee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Livingston County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Logan County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Macon County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Macoupin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Madison County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Marion County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Marshall County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Mason County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Massac County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McDonough County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McHenry County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... McLean County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Menard County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Mercer County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Monroe County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Montgomery County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Morgan County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Moultrie County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Ogle County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Peoria County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Perry County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Piatt County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Pike County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Pope County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Pulaski County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Putnam County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Randolph County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Richland County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Rock Island County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Saline County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Sangamon County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Schuyler County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Scott County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Shelby County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... St. ... Stark County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Stephenson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Tazewell County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Union County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Vermilion County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Wabash County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Warren County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Washington County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Wayne County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... White County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Whiteside County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Will County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois. ... Williamson County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Winnebago County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Woodford County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ...

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IC History (1100 words)
The Illinois Central Railroad was chartered in 1851 to build a railroad from Cairo, Illinois, at the joining of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, to Galena, in the extreme northwestern corner of the state (the "Old Main"), with a branch from Centralia (named for the railroad) to Chicago (the "Chicago Branch").
The NOJandGN and Mississippi Central were then reorganized in 1877 as the New Orleans, Jackson and Northern and the Central Mississippi, respectively, and then consolidated as the Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad, a subsidiary of the IC.
In 1972 the Illinois Central merged with the parallel Gulf Mobile and Ohio to form Illinois Central Gulf.
Illinois Central Railroad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (504 words)
The Illinois Central (AAR reporting mark IC), sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was a railroad carrier in the central United States, with its primary routes from Chicago to New Orleans and Sioux Falls.
The Illinois Central was officially chartered by the General Assembly in 1851.
On August 10, 1972 the Illinois Central Railroad merged with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad to form the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
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