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The current spelling form, "Illinois", began to appear in the early 1670s, when French colonists had settled in the western area add something


French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet explored the Illinois River in 1673 add something


In 1680, French explorers under René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle and Henri de Tonti constructed a fort at the site of present-day Peoria, and in 1682, a fort atop Starved Rock in today's Starved Rock State Park add something


The ethnic French had owned black slaves since the 1720s, and American settlers had already brought slaves into the area from Kentucky add something


Seven Years' War - French Empire Canadiens came south to settle particularly along the Mississippi River, and Illinois was part of first New France, and of La Louisiane until 1763, when it passed to the British with their defeat of France in the Seven Years' War add something


In 1778, George Rogers Clark claimed Illinois County for Virginia add something


After the American Revolutionary War established the United States, American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1780s via the Ohio River, and the population grew from south to north add something


In a compromise, Virginia ceded the area to the new United States in 1783 and it became part of the Northwest Territory, to be administered by the federal government and later organized as states add something


Connecticut ceded northern Illinois in 1786 add something


Arthur St. Clair - Under the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which created the Northwest Territory, General St. Clair was appointed governor of what is now Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, along with parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota


The Illinois Territory was created on February 3, 1809, with its capital at Kaskaskia, an early French settlement add something


The western section was originally part of the Military Tract of 1812 and forms the conspicuous western bulge of the state add something


In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood add something


In 1818, Illinois became the 21st U.S. state add something


When Illinois became a sovereign state in 1818, the Ordinance no longer applied, and about 900 slaves were held in the state add something


However, as $ Indiana had successfully been granted a northern extension of its boundary to provide it with a usable lakefront, the original bill for Illinois statehood, submitted to Congress on January 23, 1818, stipulated a northern border at the same latitude as Indiana's, which is defined as 10 miles north of the southernmost extremity of Lake Michigan add something


In 1819, Vandalia became the capital, and over the next 18 years, three separate buildings were built to serve successively as the capitol building add something


Settlers were allowed to bring slaves with them for labor, but, in 1822, state residents voted against making slavery legal add something


After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan add something


The Indians had been forced to leave their homes and move to Iowa in 1831; when they attempted to return, they were attacked and eventually defeated by U.S. militia add something


In 1832, the Black Hawk War was fought in Illinois and current-day Wisconsin between the United States and the Sauk, Fox , and Kickapoo Indian tribes add something


After it was established in 1833, Chicago gained prominence as a Great Lakes port, and as an Illinois and Michigan Canal port after 1848, and as a rail hub soon afterward add something


On December 20, 1836, a fast-moving cold front passed through, freezing puddles in minutes and killing many travelers who could not reach shelter add something


By 1839, the Latter Day Saints had founded a utopian city called Nauvoo add something


Illinois played an important role in the early Latter Day Saint movement, with Nauvoo, Illinois, becoming a gathering place for Mormons in the early 1840s add something


But in 1844, the Latter Day Saint movement founder Joseph Smith was killed in the Carthage Jail, about 30 miles away from Nauvoo add something


Dorothea Dix - In 1846, Dix travelled to Illinois to study its treatment of mental illness


Dorothea Dix - She became ill and spent the winter of 1846 in Springfield, Illinois recovering, but her report was ready for the January 1847 legislative session, which promptly adopted legislation establishing Illinois' first state mental hospital


In 1847, after lobbying by Dorothea L. Dix, Illinois became one of the first states to establish a system of state-supported treatment of mental illness and disabilities, replacing local almshouses add something


With the lobbying expertise of Dix, plans for the Jacksonville State Hospital were signed into law on March 1, 1847 add something


The Illinois Constitution of 1848 was written with a provision for exclusionary laws to be passed add something


In 1853, John A. Logan helped pass a law to prohibit all African Americans, including freedmen, from settling in the state add something


Robert G. Ingersoll - In 1853, "Bob" Ingersoll taught a term of school in Metropolis, Illinois, where he let one of his students, the future Judge Angus M. L. McBane, do the "greater part of the teaching, while Latin and history occupied his own attention"


David Rice Atchison - At Atchison's request, Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois introduced the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which embodied this idea, in November 1853


Robert G. Ingersoll - Later that year, the family settled in Marion, Illinois, where Robert and his brother Ebon Clarke Ingersoll were admitted to the bar in 1854


Robert G. Ingersoll - In 1855, after Cunningham was named registrar for the federal land office in southeastern Illinois at Shawneetown, Illinois, Ingersoll followed him to the riverfront city along the Ohio River


Robert G. Ingersoll - As the trial of Hall's assassin dominated the scene and with his earlier mentor Cunningham having moved back to Marion, Illinois following the land office's closing in 1856, and Logan's move to Benton, Illinois, after his marriage that fall, Ingersoll and his brother moved to Peoria, Illinois, Illinois, where they finally settled in 1857


By 1857, Chicago was Illinois's largest city add something


Thomas R. Marshall - Daniel Marshall was a supporter of the American Union and a staunch Democrat, and took his son to the Lincoln (Abraham_Lincoln) and Douglas debate in Freeport, Illinois in 1858


He served in the General Assembly and represented the 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives before his election to the presidency in 1860 add something


Mark Hanna - Her father Daniel Rhodes was an ardent Democrat and was distantly related to Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president in 1860


Joseph Hooker - After the war, Hooker led President Abraham Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois funeral procession on May 4, 1865


William Jennings Bryan - He did win election as a state circuit judge, and moved to a farm north of Salem, Illinois in 1866, living in a ten-room house that was the envy of Marion County


A sixth capitol building was erected in 1867, which continues to serve as the Illinois capitol today add something


From Sunday, October 8, 1871, until Tuesday, October 10, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire burned in downtown Chicago, destroying add something


William Jennings Bryan - Mary Bryan joined the Salem, Illinois Baptists in 1872, so Bryan attended Methodist services on Sunday morning, and in the afternoon, Baptist services


William Jennings Bryan - To attend Whipple Academy, which was attached to Illinois College, Bryan was sent to Jacksonville, Illinois in 1874


Jane Addams - After graduating from Rockford, Illinois in 1881, with a collegiate certificate, she still hoped to attend Smith to earn a proper B.A. That summer, her father died unexpectedly from a sudden case of appendicitis


William Jennings Bryan - He practiced law in Jacksonville, Illinois from 1883 to 1887, moved to the boom city of Lincoln, Nebraska , Nebraska


William Jennings Bryan - He married her on October 1, 1884, and they settled in Salem, Illinois , which at the time had a population of two thousand


Kenesaw Mountain Landis - Landis transferred to Union Law School the following year, and in 1891, he took his law degree from Union and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. He began a practice in Chicago, served as an assistant instructor at Union and with fellow attorney Clarence Darrow helped found the nonpartisan Chicago Civic Centre Club, devoted to municipal reform


Charles G. Dawes - In 1894, Dawes acquired interests in a number of Midwestern gas plants, and he became the president of both the La Crosse, Wisconsin Gas Light Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin and the Northwestern Gas Light and Coke Company in Evanston, Illinois


Charles G. Dawes - They asked Dawes to manage the Illinois portion of William McKinley's bid for the Presidency of the United States in 1896


Mary Harris Jones - She is buried in the Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive, Illinois, alongside miners who died in the Battle of Virden in 1898


Walter Burley Griffin - From 1899 to 1914, Griffin created more than 130 designs in his Chicago office for buildings, urban plans and landscapes; half of these were built in mid-western states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin


Walter Burley Griffin - Griffin chose to study professional architecture, and in 1899 he completed his bachelor's degree in architecture at the University of Illinois


By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe add something


Walter Burley Griffin - In July 1901 Griffin passed the new Illinois architects' licensing examination and this permitted him to enter private practice as an architect


Charles G. Dawes - In October 1901, Dawes left the Department of the Treasury in order to pursue a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois


Walter Burley Griffin - The William Emery house, built in Elmhurst, Illinois, in 1903 was such a commission


Kenesaw Mountain Landis - He built a close association with his friend Lowden and served as his campaign manager for governor of Illinois in 1904


Eugene V. Debs - On June 27, 1905, in Chicago, Illinois, Debs and other influential union leaders including Big Bill Haywood, leader of the Western Federation of Miners, and Daniel De León, leader of the Socialist Labor Party, held what Haywood called the "Continental Congress of the working class"


The Chicago Cubs of the National League play in the second-oldest major league stadium and are widely known for having the longest championship drought in all of major American sport: not winning the World Series since 1908 add something


The Illinois state parks system began in 1908 with what is now Fort Massac State Park, becoming the first park in a system encompassing over 60 parks and about the same number of recreational and wildlife areas add something


In 1912, William Lorimer, the GOP boss of Chicago, was expelled from the U.S. Senate for bribery and in 1921, Governor Len Small was found to have defrauded the state of a million dollars add something


In fact, the state was long seen as a national bellwether, supporting the winner in every election in the 20th century, except for 1916 and 1976 add something


Kenesaw Mountain Landis - Landis's disdain for draft dodgers and other opponents of the war was evident in July 1917, when he presided over the trials of some 120 men, mostly foreign-born Socialists, who had resisted the draft and rioted in Rockford, Illinois


From 1920 until 1972, Illinois was carried by the victor of each of these 14 presidential elections add something


Charles G. Dawes - He organized the Central Trust Company of Illinois, where he served as its president until 1921


The official language of Illinois is English, although between 1923 and 1969, state law gave official status to "the American language" add something


The Tri-State Tornado of 1925 killed 695 people in three states; 613 of the victims died in Illinois add something


Ray Bradbury - Between 1926 and 1933, the Bradbury family moved back and forth between Waukegan, Illinois and Tucson, Arizona, Arizona


Eugene V. Debs - In the fall of 1926, Debs was admitted to Lindlahr Sanitarium in Elmhurst, Illinois


Everett Dirksen - His political career began in 1927, when he was elected to the Pekin, Illinois city council as the city's finance commissioner


In the early 1930s, Gospel music began to gain popularity in Chicago due to Thomas A. Dorsey's contributions at Pilgrim Baptist Church add something


Larry Parks - Parks grew up in Joliet, Illinois, graduating from Joliet, Illinois Township High School in 1932


The Century of Progress World's Fair was held at Chicago in 1933 add something


Oil strikes in Marion County and Crawford County led to a boom in 1937, and by 1939, Illinois ranked fourth in U.S. oil production add something


Kenesaw Mountain Landis - In 1938, Yankee Jake Powell was interviewed by a Chicago radio station, and when asked what he did in the offseason, stated that he was a police officer in southern Illinois "and I get a lot of pleasure beating up niggers and throwing them in jail"


Larry Parks - He attended the University of Illinois as a pre-med student, and played in stock companies for a few years before signing a movie contract with Columbia Pictures in 1941


In 1942, as part of the Manhattan Project, the University of Chicago conducted the first sustained nuclear chain reaction add something


Donald Rumsfeld - From 1943-1945, Rumsfeld lived in Coronado, California while his father was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific in World War II. He was a camp counselor at the Northeast Illinois Council's Camp Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan in the late 1940s and a ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in 1949


John B. Anderson - He attended the University of Illinois, but his education was interrupted by World War II, when he enlisted in the Army in 1943


Illinois is a leader in music education, having hosted the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference since 1946, as well being home to the Illinois Music Educators Association , one of the largest professional music educator's organizations in the country add something


Carol Moseley Braun - "'Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun"' is an American feminist politician and lawyer who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999


Donald Rumsfeld - Growing up in Winnetka, Illinois, Rumsfeld became an Eagle Scout in 1949 and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Eagle Scout *award from the Boy Scouts of America and its Silver Buffalo *award in 2006


Lou Diamond - His death at the Great Lakes, Illinois, Naval Training Center Hospital, September 20, 1951, was followed by a funeral, with military honors, at Sylvania, Ohio


Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, "Land of Lincoln", which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954 add something


Donald Rumsfeld - Born in Illinois, Rumsfeld attended Princeton University, graduating in 1954 with a degree in political science


The all-time high temperature was , recorded on July 14, 1954, at East St. Louis, while the all-time low temperature was , recorded on January 5, 1999, at Congerville add something


Philip Jose Farmer - Literary success did not translate into financial security, and in 1956 he left Peoria, Illinois to launch a career as a technical writer


In 1957, Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago, activated the first experimental nuclear power generating system in the United States add something


By 1960, the first privately financed nuclear plant in the United States, Dresden 1, was dedicated near Morris add something


In 1960, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchise in Des Plaines add something


Madeleine Albright - In January 1960 the couple moved to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, where he worked at the "Chicago Sun-Times" as a journalist, and Albright worked as a picture editor for "Encyclopædia Britannica"


In 1961, Illinois became the first state in the nation to adopt the recommendation of the American Law Institute and pass a comprehensive criminal code revision that repealed the law against sodomy add something


John B. Anderson - He served in the United States House of Representatives in the solidly Republican 16th District of Illinois for ten terms, from 1961 to 1981


John B. Anderson - He was a U.S. Representative from the 16th Congressional District of Illinois for ten terms, from 1961 through 1981


From 1962 until 1998, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was the busiest airport in the world, measured both in terms of total flights and passengers add something


Midway Airport , which had been the busiest airport in the world at one point until it was supplanted by O'Hare as the busiest airport in 1962, is now the secondary airport in the Chicago metropolitan area and still ranks as one of the nation's busiest airports add something


Donald Rumsfeld - After serving in the Navy for three years, he mounted a campaign for Congress in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, winning in 1962 at the age of 30


Robert Hanssen - Hanssen graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1962 and went on to attend Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1966


Donald Rumsfeld - He was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Illinois' 13th congressional district in 1962, at the age of 30, and was re-elected by large majorities in 1964, 1966, and 1968


Jane Addams - Hull House had to be demolished for the establishment of the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois, in 1963, and relocated


John Wayne Gacy - In 1964, the Nunn-Bush Shoe Company transferred Gacy to Springfield, Illinois , Illinois, initially to work as a salesman, although Gacy was subsequently promoted to manager of his department


John Wayne Gacy - By 1965, Gacy had risen to the position of vice-president of the Springfield, Illinois Jaycees


Steve Goodman - He graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1965, where he was a classmate of Hillary Rodham Clinton


Steve Goodman - In the fall of 1965, he entered the University of Illinois and pledged Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity where he, Ron Banyon, and Steve Hartmann formed a popular rock cover band, "The Juicy Fruits"


In 1967, Fermilab, a national nuclear research facility near Batavia, opened a particle accelerator, which was the world's largest for over 40 years add something


Richard M. Daley - Daley was elected to his first party office as a delegate to the 1969 Illinois Constitutional Convention


John Paul Stevens - In 1969, the Greenberg Commission, appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to investigate Sherman Skolnick's corruption allegations leveled at former Chief Justice Ray Klingbiel and current Chief Justice Roy J. Solfisburg, Jr., named Stevens as their counsel, meaning that he essentially served as the commission's special prosecutor


Carol Moseley Braun - She majored in political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating in 1969 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1972


The state's fourth constitution was adopted in 1970, replacing the 1870 document add something


Philip Jose Farmer - Upon moving back to Peoria, Illinois in 1970, he entered his most prolific period, publishing 25 books in 10 years


The John Deere Classic is a regular PGA Tour event played in the Quad Cities since 1971, whereas the Encompass Championship is a Champions Tour event since 2013 add something


Richard M. Daley - On the strength of his father's political machine, Daley ran for and won a seat in the Illinois Senate, serving from 1972 to 1980


John B. Anderson - In 1974, he was re-elected in Rockford, Illinois with the lowest percentage of his career


Richard Powers - At age 16 Powers moved back to the U.S. and, following graduation in 1975 from &DeKalb,_Illinois_High_School_(Illinois) in DeKalb,_Illinois, enrolled as a physics major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Previously, the LPGA State Farm Classic was an LPGA Tour event from 1976 to 2011 add something


Alan Shepard - Alan B. Shepard High School, in Palos Heights, Illinois, which opened in 1976, was named in his honor


Evel Knievel - In the winter of 1976, Knievel was scheduled for a major jump in Chicago , Illinois


Donald Rumsfeld - His sights instead turned to business, and from 1977 to 1985 Rumsfeld served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of G. D. Searle & Company, a worldwide pharmaceutical company based in Skokie, Illinois


Donald Rumsfeld - In early 1977 Rumsfeld briefly lectured at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, located in Chicago, Illinois near his home town of Evanston


John B. Anderson - In late 1977, a fundamentalist television minister from Rockford, Illinois, Don Lyon, announced that he would challenge Anderson in the Republican primary for the 16th congressional district


John Wayne Gacy - The other individual, Theodore Szal, had disappeared from Glen Ellyn, Illinois in March 1977 at age 24


John Wayne Gacy - One of these individuals, Harold Lovell, had disappeared from Aurora, Illinois in May 1977 at age 19


John Wayne Gacy - On May 8, 1977, a 26-year-old named Charles Hattula was found drowned in a river near Freeport, Illinois


Richard M. Daley - A 1978 state law designed by Illinois Democrats gave the Mayor the power to appoint to fill vacancies in the City Council rather than holding special elections, and by 2002, more than a third of the 50 aldermen of the Chicago City Council were initially appointed by Daley


John Wayne Gacy - Gacy later confessed to police that he had thrown a total of five bodies off the I-55 bridge into the Des Plaines, Illinois River in 1978, one of which he believed had landed upon a barge, although only four of these five bodies were ever found


Carol Moseley Braun - Moseley Braun was first elected to public office in 1978, as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives


Michael Stipe - Stipe graduated from high school in Collinsville, Illinois in 1978


John Wayne Gacy - Gacy stated that after he had assaulted and released Jeffrey Rignall in March 1978, he had begun to throw his murder victims into the Des Plaines, Illinois River


John Wayne Gacy - Three additional bodies, which had been found in the nearby Des Plaines, Illinois River between June and December 1978, were confirmed to have been victims of Gacy


John Wayne Gacy - On December 11, 1978, John Gacy visited a Des Plaines, Illinois pharmacy to discuss a potential remodeling deal with Phil Torf, the owner of the store


Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics add something


In the 1980s and 1990s, heavy rock, punk, and hip hop became popular in Chicago add something


Richard Powers - He continued his education at Illinois, and in 1980 received his MA in literature


Carol Moseley Braun - As early as 1984, she proposed a moratorium on the application in Illinois of the death penalty


Axl Rose - He never met his biological father as an adult; William Rose, Sr. was found murdered in Illinois in 1984


John Wayne Gacy - In the summer of 1984, the Supreme Court of Illinois upheld Gacy's conviction and ordered that he be executed by lethal injection on November 14


John Wayne Gacy - The Missing Child Recovery Act of 1984 authored by Amirante removed this 72-hour waiting period and thus any missing child report received in Illinois from 1984 onwards immediately triggered a statewide police search rather than waiting for 72 hours to elapse before doing so


The first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign to benefit American farmers, in 1985 add something


Everett Dirksen - University of Illinois Press, 1985, the standard biography


Richard M. Daley - On April 2, 1987 the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the convictions, ruling that Wilson was forced to confess involuntarily after being beaten by police


Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988 add something


Richard M. Daley - In December 1990 Amnesty International issued a report "Allegations of Police Torture in Chicago, Illinois" calling for a full inquiry into allegations that Area 2 Chicago Police tortured criminal suspects between 1972 and 1984


Dan Simmons - "Summer of Night" recounts the childhood of a group of pre-teens who band together in the 1960s to defeat a centuries-old evil that terrorizes their hometown of Elm Haven, Illinois


Richard Powers - It was written mainly during a year's stay at the University of Cambridge and completed when Powers returned to the University of Illinois in 1992 to take up a post as writer-in-residence


The worst upper Mississippi River flood of the century, the Great Flood of 1993, inundated many towns and thousands of acres of farmland add something


Edward Brooke - Brooke would remain the only person of African heritage sent to the Senate in the 20th century until Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1993, and was the last Republican Senator elected from Massachusetts until the 2010 election of Scott Brown


Carol Moseley Braun - In 1993, the Illinois Senator made headlines when she convinced the Senate Judiciary Committee not to renew a design patent for the United Daughters of the Confederacy because it contained the Confederate flag


John Wayne Gacy - After his final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied in October 1993, the Illinois Supreme Court set his execution date for May 10, 1994


John Wayne Gacy - On the morning of May 9, 1994, Gacy was transferred from the Menard Correctional Center to Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois to be executed


Hayley Wickenheiser - In 1995, Wickenheiser was a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Fastball Championships, held in Normal, Illinois


Everett Dirksen - Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998


As of 2000, the state's center of population was at , located in Grundy County, northeast of the village of Mazon add something


By contrast, Illinois has trended more toward the Democratic party, and has voted for their presidential candidates in the last six elections; in 2000, George W. Bush became the first Republican to win the presidency without carrying either Illinois or Vermont add something


By the early 2000s, Illinois's economy had moved toward a dependence on high-value-added services, such as financial trading, higher education, law, logistics, and medicine add something


Also, the state has hosted 13 editions of the U.S._Open (U.S._Open_(golf)) , six editions of the PGA Championship , three editions of the U.S. Women's Open , the 2009 Solheim Cup , and the 2012 Ryder Cup add something


Each summer since 2004, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has played host to the Southern Illinois Music Festival, which presents dozens of performances throughout the region add something


The Chicago White Sox of the American League won the World Series in 2005, their first since 1917 add something


In 2006, former Governor George Ryan was convicted of racketeering and bribery, leading to a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence add something


Richard M. Daley - Daley and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich held a joint press conference on January 17, 2006 calling for a state-wide ban on the manufacture, possession, and delivery of semiautomatic assault weapons


Jane Addams - In 2007, the state of Illinois renamed the Northwest Tollway as the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway


Steve Goodman - Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn declared October 5, 2007 Steve Goodman Day in the state


Jane Addams - On December 10, 2007, Illinois celebrated the first annual Jane Addams Day. Jane Addams Day was initiated by a dedicated school teacher from Dongola, IL, assisted by the Illinois Division of the American Association of University Women


He became president in 2008, running as a candidate from his Illinois base add something


In 2008, Illinois exported 3 million tons of coal, and was projected to export 9 million tons in 2011, as demand for energy grows in places such as China, India, and elsewhere in Asia and Europe add something


In 2008, then-Governor Rod Blagojevich was served with a criminal complaint on corruption charges, stemming from allegations that he conspired to sell the vacated Senate seat left by President Barack Obama to the highest bidder add something


In most years, Illinois is either the first or second state for the highest production of soybeans, with a harvest of 427,7 million bushels in 2008, after Iowa's production of 444,82 million bushels add something


Midway served 17,3 million domestic and international passengers in 2008 add something


As of September 2009, Illinois had 1116,06 MW of installed wind power nameplate capacity with another 741,9 MW under construction add something


According to the 2010 Census, the racial composition of the state was: add something


Aurora, a Chicago satellite town that eclipsed Rockford for the title of second-most populous city in Illinois; its 2010 population was 197,899 add something


Chicago is the largest city in the state and the third-most populous city in the United States, with its 2010 population of 2,695,598 add something


Illinois ranked first in the nation in 2010 in both nuclear capacity and nuclear generation add something


In 2010 Catholics in Illinois numbered 3,648,907 add something


In 2010, after a number of setbacks, the city of Mattoon backed out of the project add something


The eighth-largest and final city in the 100,000 club is Elgin, a northwest suburb of Chicago, with a 2010 population of 108,188 add something


The most populated city in the state south of Springfield is Belleville, with 44,478 people at the 2010 census add something


Steve Goodman - In 2010, Illinois Representative Mike Quigley introduced a bill renaming the Lakeview post office on Irving Park Road in honor of Goodman


The Quad Cities region, located along the Mississippi River in northern Illinois, had a population of 381,342 in 2011 add something


With a production capacity of 1,5 billion gallons per year, Illinois is a top producer of ethanol, ranking third in the United States in 2011 add something


Subsequently, on December 7, 2011, Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for those charges, as well as perjury while testifying during the case, totaling 18 convictions add something


Accessed online April 16, 2012 Although Chicago may no longer be "Hog Butcher for the World", the Chicago area remains a global center for food manufacture and meat processing, with many plants, processing houses, and distribution facilities concentrated in the area of the former Union Stock Yards add something


John Wayne Gacy - In September 2012, sheriff Thomas Dart announced that through efforts made to identify Gacy's unidentified victims, investigators had solved an unrelated cold case relating to a 21-year-old Peoria, Illinois youth named Daniel Noe. Noe, an Illinois native, was last seen alive on September 30, 1978 hitchhiking from Bellingham, Washington to Chicago


On November 17, 2013, an EF4 tornado touched down and ripped through Washington, Illinois add something


That drought finally came to an end when the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games to win the 2016 World Series add something


Carol Moseley Braun - She was the only female U.S. Senator from Illinois until Tammy Duckworth who became the U.S. Senator from Illinois in January 2017


Illinois's population declined by 60,943 people from July 2017 to July 2018, making it the worst decline of any state in the U.S. in raw terms add something


A 2018 survey conducted by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield and NPR Illinois found that over half of respondents had at least one time considered leaving the state add something


The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Illinois was 12,741,080 in 2018, moving from the fifth-largest state to the sixth-largest state add something


Richard Powers - As of 2018 Powers has published twelve novels, and has taught at the University of Illinois and Stanford Universities


A weather station near Mount Carroll recorded a temperature of -38°F on January 31, 2019, which is still being verified by the National Weather Service add something


On May 1, 2019, the Illinois Senate voted to a approve a constitutional amendment to change from a flat tax rate to a graduated rate, in a 73-44 vote add something


The Governor, J.B. Pritzker, approved the bill on May 27, 2019 add something