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Moving to Illinois
Illinois is big cities and small towns. Illinois is urban and sophisticated, rural and friendly. Illinois is Chicago and Illinois is cornfields. Located in America's heartland, it is nicknamed the "Prairie State" for obvious reasons and adopted the slogan the "Land of Lincoln." Abe Lincoln, born in Kentucky, lived many years in Illinois. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened in Springfield in April 2005 and has already received its one millionth visitor, the fastest pace of any Presidential Library.
Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. With a land area of 55,580 square miles, Illinois ranks 25th is size among the states, but its population of 12.4 million people places it as #5 in populace. Major industries are agriculture, cattle, and manufacturing. Illinois has four distinct seasons, each with its own joy and beauty. No matter your interests or hobbies, Illinois has much to offer. World class museums, top universities, historic sites, zoos, gambling, state parks, lakes, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, skiing, hiking, biking, you name it, Illinois has something for you.
Now that you are moving to Illinois, impress your friends and family with these fun facts:
State Capital is Springfield.
State Motto: State sovereignty, national union.
The largest city is Chicago.
State Flower is the Violet.
Illinois is an Indian word with a French suffix, meaning "tribe of superior men." The "s" is not pronounced; say "Illinoy."
State Bird is the Cardinal.
Former president Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, IL in 1911.
1940 was a good year: The first McDonald's restaurant opened in Des Plaines and the first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet.
State Insect is the Monarch Butterfly.
The first Ferris Wheel made its debut in Chicago in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition.
Professional sports teams abound: Baseball has Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Hockey has Chicago Blackhawks, Football boasts Chicago Bears, and Basketball has Chicago Bulls.
Chicago's Jane Addams, founder of the Hull House, was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Peace (1931).
Founded in 1848, The Chicago Board of Trade is the world's oldest and largest futures and options exchange.
The Wrigley Company, world's largest gum manufacturer, produces over 20 million packages a day. It was also the first to give employees weekends off.
The Sears Tower in Chicago is America's tallest building at 1,450 feet high with 110 floors.
Chicago does not have an underground subway, but an elevated public transit system, hence the title, the "L."
Chicago's "Windy City" nickname has nothing to do with weather. It was coined in 1893 by the editor of the New York Sun newspaper, commenting on Chicago's politicians.
Enjoy your new home Illinois!