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Illinois State Facts – Part IV

76. The worst prison camp during the Civil War in terms of percentages of death was at Rock Island in Illinois. 77. Illinois boasts the highest number of personalized license plates, more than any other state. 78. The Chicago Public...

Illinois State Facts – Part III

51. Famous events – The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict fought in 1832 between the United States and Native Americans headed by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war started soon after Black Hawk and other Native Americans crossed into...

Illinois State Facts – Part II

26. State flower – Violet 27. State amphibian – Eastern Tiger Salamander 28. State reptile – Painted Turtle 29. State dance – Square Dance 30. State food – Gold Rush Apple; Popcorn 31. Largest Cities – Chicago, Aurora,...

Illinois State Facts – Part I

1. State Capital – Springfield 2. State nickname – Land of Lincoln; The Prairie State 3. State motto – State sovereignty, national union 4. Population – 12,830,632 (2010 est.) 5. Population rank – 5th 6. Physical Size –...