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Illinois was the twenty-first state to enter into the union. Its capital is Springfield, and the largest city is Chicago. Illinois is bordered by Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin. It is considered to be one of the most corrupt states in the nation. It has a population of 12,830,632 according to the 2010 census. Making it the 5th most populous state.


Illinois can be viewed as having a more liberal concentration in the northeastern portion of the state. This is often attributed to the large metropolitan area surrounding Chicago. In contrast, the southern and western portions of the state are typically more conservative. With the state capitol being in Springfield, there is political tension about state lawmakers who spend too much of their time in either Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, or Springfield.

The population distribution has led Illinois to lean politically to the left in most recent non-local elections. Many consider Illinois to be a liberal stronghold, especially in regard to presidential elections.

Currently, Illinois has a Democrat governor, Patrick Joseph Quinn, but has elected Republican governors in the recent past, such as George Ryan, who controversially emptied the state's death row after an investigation by Northwestern University law students proved that one death row inmate was innocent.<ref></ref> Critics charged that he only did so to gain sympathy because he was about to be tried for corruption and selling commercial driver's licenses when he was the Illinois Secretary of State. There are 2 senators and 19 Representatives in Illinois.


  • Gross State Product - $528 Billion (2004)
  • Personal income per Capita - $32,965 (2003)

Illinois is not only the nation’s leading pumpkin producer, but also its leading pumpkin processor. Libby's plants 5,000 acres of Dickinson Select pumpkins each year in and around Morton, Illinois. Morton, where 80 percent of the world's canned pumpkin is packed at the Libby's factory, is known as the “Pumpkin Capital of the World.” The town hosts an annual Pumpkin Festival to celebrate the start of the pumpkin canning season. Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans, corn and hogs.

The state's climate and varied soil types enable farmers to grow and raise many other agricultural commodities, including cattle, wheat, oats, sorghum, hay, sheep, poultry, fruits and vegetables. Illinois also produces several specialty crops, such as buckwheat, horseradish, ostriches, fish and Christmas trees. Marketing of Illinois' agricultural commodities generates more than $9 billion annually. Corn accounts for nearly 40 percent of that total. Marketing of soybeans contributes about one-third, with the combined marketing of livestock, dairy and poultry generating about 23 percent. Illinois has a competitive edge over many other states due to its central location and superior transportation system. More than 2,000 miles of interstate highways and 34,500 miles of other state highways make trucking of goods fast and efficient.

Chicago is home to the largest rail gateway in the nation, connecting the eastern and western United States. The state boasts some 1,100 airports, landing areas and heliports, including Chicago's O'Hare International, through which more than 65 million travelers pass annually. Illinois' 1,118 miles of navigable waterways, including the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, make barge traffic an excellent option for shipment of grain to the Gulf of Mexico.


According to the 2010 census.

  • Population: 12,830,632
  • Male Population: 6,080,336 (49.0%)
  • Female Population: 6,338,957 (51.0%)
  • White: 9,177,877 (71.5%)
  • Black: 1,866,414 (14.5%)
  • Asian: 586,934 (4.6%)
  • American Indian: 43,963 (0.3%)
  • Other race: 861,412 (56.7%)
  • Two or more races: 289,982 (2.3%)
  • Hispanic/Latino: 2,029,578 (15.8%)

Illinois is on the Naughty State List

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Further reading

  • Buck, Solon J. Illinois in 1818 (1917) excellent history complete text online
  • Biles, Roger. Illinois: a history of the land and its people. (2005). very good recent survey DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press. ISBN 9780875803494. OCLC 58526330.
  • Bridges, Roger D. and Davis, Rodney O., eds. Illinois: its history & legacy. (1984). essays by experts .
  • Cole, Arthur Charles. The era of the Civil War, 1848-1870 [1919]. excellent history
  • Davis, James E. Frontier Illinois. (1998).
  • Gove, Samuel Kimball; Nowlan, James Dunlap. Illinois politics & government: the expanding metropolitan frontier (1996) government textbook
  • Grossman, James R., Keating, Ann Durkin and Reiff, Janice L. Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago (2005) (Online ed.).outstanding reference on Chicagoland
  • Hallwas, John E., ed Illinois literature: the nineteenth century. (1986).
  • Howard, Robert P. Illinois; a history of the Prairie State. (1972). fair textbook
  • Jensen, Richard E. Illinois: a history (1977), influential interpretation, stressing traditionalism, modernization and postmodernity
  • Keiser, John H. Building for the centuries: Illinois, 1865 to 1898. good survey
  • Kleppner, Paul. Political atlas of Illinois (1988) election maps
  • Meyer, Douglas K. Making the heartland quilt: a geographical history of settlement and migration in early-nineteenth-century Illinois. (2000).

Primary sources

  • Peck, John Mason. A Gazetteer of Illinois, in Three Parts: Containing a General View of the State, a General View of Each County, and a Particular Description of Each (1837) fascinating primary source online
  • Sutton, Robert P. ed. The Prairie State; a documentary history of Illinois. (1976). primary and secondard sources
  • Walton, Clyde C. ed. An Illinois reader' '(1970). primary and secondary sources
  • Works Progress Administration. The WPA guide to Illinois: the Federal Writers' Project guide to 1930s Illinois. (1939), very good primary source

States of the United States Liberal Gun control Illinois

Illinois is becoming the People's Republic of Illinois

Illinois is becoming a Nanny State, one of the socialist-communist-leaning gun-banning anti-Second Amendment states. See also People's Republic of New York, People's Republic of Kalifornia, People's Republic of Massachusetts, People's Republic of Connecticut.

see also Barak Obama, Rom Emmanual, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Governer Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg of New York City; Ilegal Mayors Against Guns, Gun-Grabbers of American, Remington (boycott since they won't move out of New York)


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Illinois ( (listen) IL-ə-NOY) is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois has been noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, encompasses about 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River, through the Illinois Waterway. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

The capital of Illinois is Springfield, which is located in the central part of the state. Although today Illinois's largest population center is in its northeast, the state's European population grew first in the west as the French settled lands near the Mississippi River, when the region was known as Illinois Country and was part of New France. Following the American Revolutionary War, American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1780s via the Ohio River, and the population grew from south to north. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. Following increased commercial activity in the Great Lakes after the construction of the Erie Canal, Chicago was incorporated in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River at one of the few natural harbors on the southern section of Lake Michigan. John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois's rich prairie into some of the world's most productive and valuable farmland, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. The Illinois and Michigan Canal (1848) made transportation between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River valley faster and cheaper, and new railroads carried immigrants to new homes in the country's west and shipped commodity crops to the nation's east. The state became a transportation hub for the nation.

By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration from the South established a large community of African Americans in the state, including Chicago, who founded the city's famous jazz and blues cultures. Chicago, the center of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, is now recognized as a global city. The most populous metropolitan areas outside the Chicago area include, Metro East (of Greater St. Louis), Peoria and Rockford.

Three U.S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was born and raised in the state. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan Land of Lincoln, which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954. The state is the site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and the future home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.


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