What is Illinois Known for?
Illinois is considered to be one of the Midwestern American states, although geographically it’s located more in the eastern half of the U.S.
Illinois was the 21st state to join the Union, making it one of the older states in the U.S. Being that the state is relatively old, there’s a lot of interesting history behind it.
The state gets its name from the Illiniwek, a confederation of about 13 Native American tribes who lived in the Mississippi River Valley.
The very first motor racing event in the U.S. was also held in the state of Illinois.
This race, held in 1895, was sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald, and featured a total of six competitors; four in cars, and two on motorcycles.
Illinois has the most nuclear power reactors of any state with 11
Illinois is home to the first ever McDonald’s location
Illinois is considered have the highest rates of political corruption in the U.S.
Three-quarters of the Illinois's area consists of farmland
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