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Illinois is from the Indian name of the Illinois River.  

Nicknames:  Sucker, Prairie   State Data: Total Area:  56,665 sq. miles;  water 622 sq. miles   Motto: "State Sovereignty - National Union."  State Flower: Wood Violet   Main Rivers: Mississippi, Ohio, Wabash, Illinois, Fox, Des Plaines, Kankakee, Kaskaskia, Rock, Embarrass, Little Wabash, Sangamon, and Chicago.  Mountain Ranges & Topography:  Elevation: Lowest, Mississippi River (in Alexander County), 279 ft.; highest, Charles Mound, 1,241 ft.; average 600 feet  Agriculture: Corn is the leading crop, also wheat, oats, rye, barley, sweet corn (for canning), buckwheat, hay, apples, peaches, cherries, and plums.  Some livestock, poultry, and dairy forming.  U.S. Agricultural Experiment Station at Urbana.  U.S. Land-Grant College;  College of Agriculture of the University of Illinois at Urbana.   Manufacturing includes:  Wholesale slaughtering and packing of meats, iron and steel products, foundry and machine shop products, electrical machinery and supplies, Computer hardware and software, men's clothing, railroad construction and repair, printing and publishing, bakery products. Geology: Minerals: Petroleum (Illinois still ranks in oil production, natural gas and gasoline, coal, clay, limestone, sandstone, fluorspar, lead, cement, zinc, pig iron, and coke.  Leading Cities: Chicago, Cicero, Decatur, East St. Louis, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield (capital), Aurora, Joliet, Elgin, Evanston, Oak Park, and Waukegan.

Climate-  Wide extremes of temperature, sweeping in from both north and south.  Average annual temperatures;  47 degrees in the north, 58 degrees in the south.  Annual rainfall; 44 inches in the south, 35 inches in the north.  Fair amount of snow; southerly and variable winds; occasional tornadoes 

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Events- Search the State Website (Click Here!)

Food-  Traditional American food in most communities.  Chinese food is also prevalent.

Foreign Visitors-  Foreigners entering the United States must carry two documents: A valid Passport, expiring not less than 6 months prior to the scheduled end of their visit to the U.S.; and a tourist visa obtainable at any American consulate at no charge. Anyone applying for an immigrant's visa must obtain a screening test for the AIDS-HIV virus.  This test does not apply to tourists.  Any visitor with a medical condition that requires treatment with narcotics or with paraphernalia must carry a valid, signed prescription from their doctor.  Travel insurance is optional in the US but required by most car rental companies.  See our link on money conversion for foreign guests.

History-   Search the State Website (Click Here!)

Language-  English

Lodging & Links-  Contact us to add your lodging link here!

Money-  US Currency - Currency conversion from:

Parks- (Search State Parks),  (WorldTourist Search Page-Nat. Parks)  

Recreation-  Search the State Website (Click Here!)

Resorts-  Contact us to add your Resort link here!

Seasons-   Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter!  

Tours-  Contact us to add your tour company here!

Travel- This country is best seen by private auto!

Tips-  In the high country early spring and Fall snow storms can catch you unaware, be prepared!  


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