Illinois Facts

Illinois Facts
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is the 5th most populated state and 25th largest state in terms of land area. See the fact file below for more information about Illinois.
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Became a State
December 3,1818 (21st)

midwestern United States

57,914 sq. miles (25th)

12,830,632 (h5th)

Major Cities
Chicago, Rockford, Springfield

corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs, cattle, dairy products, timber, coal, petroleum

humid, continental – hot humid summers – cool, cold winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 48 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Chicago Cubs (National Baseball League)
Chicago White Sox (American Baseball League)
Chicago Bears (National Football League)
Chicago Bulls (National Basketball Association)
Chicago Blackhawks (National Hockey League)
Chicago Machine (professional Lacrosse)
Chicago Sky (Women’s National Basketball Association)

Major Waterways
Lake Michigan, Illinois River, Fox River,Ohio River,DesPlaines River, Chicago River and Mississippi River

Most Famous Citizens
Jane Addams (social worker)
Louis Armstrong (musician)
Ulysses S. Grant (18th President of the United States)
Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States)
Frank Lloyd Wright (architect)
Ronald Ragan (40th President of the United States)
Michael Jordan (basketball)
Barack Obama (44th & 45th President of the United States)
Michelle Obama (First Lady)
Hillary Clinton (First Lady & Secretary of State)

State Symbols
Bird – Cardinal
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Flower – Violet
Tree – White Oak
Insect – Monarch