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Illinois

Welcome to Illinois and a brief overview ofThe Prairie State.

Illinois, aMidwestern State, is located in the north central part of the 48 "conterminous" states to the west of the Great Lakes. Illinois is bordered byWisconsin on the north and by Kentucky on the south. On the east, Illinois is bordered by Lake Michigan and Indiana. On the west, Illinois is bordered byIowa and Missouri.

Illinois among the states

  • Statehood: December 3,1818 (24th state)
  • Abbreviation: Ill. (traditional), IL (postal)
  • Capital:Springfield.
  • Size: 56,345 square miles, includes inland water (27th)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Motto:State Sovereignty - National Union.
  • State bird:Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) adopted 1929.
  • State flower:Native Violet (Violacea) adopted 1908.
  • State song: "Illinois", words by C.H. Chamberlain,music by Archibald Johnston, adopted 1925.
  • State tree:White oak (Quercus alba) adopted 1973.


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