Everything you should know when Moving to Illinois
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To make your relocation to Illinois more interesting, this site offers comprehensive historical and other background information about Illinois – the 35th Smartest State* in America. It is also the state where Abraham Lincoln rose from being a farm laborer to become the president of the United States.
French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet were the first Europeans on record to visit the region in 1673. Today, Illinois stands 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. The state leads in the production 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.
Here are some quick and interesting trivia about the state:
Racial break-up: White: 9,125,471 (73.5%); Black: 1,876,875 (15.1%); American Indian: 31,006 (0.2%); Asian: 423,603 (3.4%); other race: 722,712 (5.8%); Two or more races: 235,016 (1.9%); Hispanic/Latino: 1,530,262 (12.3%).
Motto: State sovereignty, national union
Flower – violet
Tree – white oak
Bird – cardinal
Animal – white-tailed deer
Fish – bluegill
Insect – monarch butterfly
Mineral – fluorite
Nickname: Prairie State
Origin of name: Algonquin for “tribe of superior men”
10 largest cities: Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Naperville, Joliet, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Cicero.
Sears Tower, the tallest building in the U.S is located in Chicago.
* The smartest State designation is awarded on the basis of 21 factors selected from Morgan Quitno’s annual reference book, Education State Rankings, 2006-2007. Rates for each of the 21 factors were processed through a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given category. The end result is that the farther below the national average a state’s education ranking is, the lower and less smart it ranks. The farther above the national average, the higher and smarter a state ranks.