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The 21st state in the USA, admitted on December 3, 1818.

Nicknamed "the land of Lincoln," Illinois is the proud home of this nation's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Its distinctive shape is defined by the Mississippi River, Ohio River, the Wabash River, and the southern shores of Lake Michigan. There are 2 national forests, 5 state forests, and 43 state parks that encompass both wildlife and recreational areas. Agriculturally, this fertile land has been a center for commerce and transportation since the ancient Indians settled the territory. Illinois is a producer of valuable goods such as corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products, and wheat. Illinois industries include machinery, food processing, electric equipment, chemical products, printing and publishing, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, petroleum, and coal. Illinois also seats the third largest city in the nation. Industrialized and densely populated, Chicago is a city settled by a wide variety of ethnic groups, making up the rich multicultural history of the city.

Some facts about Illinois:

State Abbreviation: IL
Population: 12,830,632
Area: 57,914 square miles
State Nickname: The Land of Lincoln
State Motto: State sovereignty, national union
State Capital: Springfield
Largest City: Chicago
Official Web Site: http://www.illinois.gov/


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