|State nickname: "Prairie State"|
State motto: "State sovereignty, national union"
- % water
|Ranked 25th |
- Total (2000)
|Admittance into Union
December 3, 1818
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
36°58'N to 42°30'N
87°30'W to 91°30'W
USS Illinois was named in honor of this state.
History Named for the Illinois Indians, this state is known as the "Land of Lincoln," because it's where the 16th president was raised. Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. Illinois Territory[?] was created on February 3, 1809. Before becoming a state, Illinois was part of the Northwest Territory.
The 1999 total gross state product for Illinois was $446 billion placing it 4th in the nation. The Per Capita Income was $32,259.
Illinois' agricultural outputs are corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products and wheat. Its industrial outputs are machinery, food processing, electrical equipment, chemical products, publishing, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, petroleum and coal.
The 2000 population of Illinois was 12,419,293. At the northern edge of the state on Lake Michigan lies Chicago, the nation's third largest city. More than half of the population lives in and around Chicago, the leading industrial and transportation center in the region. The rest of the population lives in the smaller cities and on the farms that dot the state's gently rolling plains.
|State Animal:||White-tailed deer|
|State Flower:||Purple violet|
|State Insect:||Monarch butterfly|
|State Slogan:||"Land of Lincoln"|
|State Tree:||White oak|