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CountryUnited States
Admitted to the UnionDecember 3, 1818 (21st)
Largest cityChicago
Government
 • GovernorBruce Rauner-elect (R)[1]
 • Upper house{{{Upperhouse}}}
 • Lower house{{{Lowerhouse}}}
U.S. senatorsRichard Durbin (D)
Mark Kirk (R)
U.S. House delegationList
Population
 • Total12,419,293
 • Density223.4/sq mi (86.27/km2)
 • Median household income
$45,787[2]
 • Income rank
18th
Language
 • Official languageEnglish
Latitude36°58'N to 42°30'N
Longitude87°30'W to 91°30'W

Illinois is a state in the United States. Its capital is Springfield and its largest city is Chicago. It is bordered to the north by Wisconsin, to the west by Iowa and below that, by Missouri (both borders are along the Mississippi River). To the south-east, Illinois is bordered along the Ohio River by Kentucky and to the east by Indiana. Illinois' northeasternmost boundary is to Lake Michigan.

Illinois has a diverse economy. Chicago is a major center for transportation and business. Central and northern Illinois is mostly used for agriculture. The south produces many natural resources such as coal, timber and petroleum.[3]

Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818. Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which helped abolished slavery in the United States.[4]

Most of the people living in Illinois live near the city of Chicago.

People from Illinois

Famous Illinoisans include:

State symbols

In Illinois, school children voted to select the state bird, state flower, and state tree. The state bird is the cardinal. The state flower of Illinois is the violet. The state tree is the white oak.

Illinois's seal has an eagle in a prairie. Across a river, behind the eagle is a rising sun. The eagle stands for the United States. The prairie reminds Illinoisans of their land. The two dates on the seal, 1818 and 1868, are the year that Illinois became a state and the year that the state seal was designed. The state flag includes the state seal.

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