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  1. Map of the United States of America

  2. State of Illinois

  3. General Information 1 Statehood Illinois became the 21st state to be added the union on December 13, 1818. Abbreviation The abbreviation for Illinois is IL. Nickname Illinois is nicknamed the Prairie State because of its flat, wide open spaces.

  4. General Information 1 State Capitol The state capitol is located in the city of Springfield, which was the state’s 3rd capital home. City of Kaskaskia – state’s 1st capital home City of Vandalia – state’s 2nd capital home State Flower The Illinois state flower is the native violet (viola). State Bird The Illinois state bird is the red cardinal.

  5. General Information 1 State Flag The Illinois state flag has a white back ground with the state seal located in the very center. State Seal Illinois state seal

  6. General Information 1 State Tree The Illinois state tree is the White Oak. State Animal The Illinois state aimal is the White-tailed deer.

  7. General Information 2 U.S. Presidents in Illinois Abraham Lincoln, 16th President, lived his adult life and began his political career in Illinois. Land of Lincoln was adopted as the state slogan in 1955 by the General Assembly. Ronald Reagan, 40th President, was the only U.S. President actually born and raised in the state of Illinois. He was born February 6, 1911 in Tampico, IL.

  8. General Information 2 Another U.S. President Associated with Illinois Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, moved to Galena, IL just prior to the start of the Civil War, and lived there for several years afterwards. The home today is now used as a tourist attraction.

  9. General Information 2 Economic Information Today: Agriculture Coal Mining

  10. General Information 2 Economic Information Today: Oil Production Manufacturing

  11. General Information 2 Economic Information Today: The state’s manufactures includes: Food and Agricultural Products Transportation Equipment Chemicals Industrial Machinery Computer Equipment Illinois is also the leading producer of: Soybeans Corn Hogs

  12. General Information 2 Major Cities Chicago Chicago is the nation’s third largest city with a population of 2,833,321. The Sears Tower is located in Chicago, and it was the world’s tallest building from 1973- 1998. Preceded by World Trade Center. Surpassed by Petronas Twin Towers.

  13. General Information 2 Major Cities Springfield Capital of Illinois The city of Springfield contains a multitude of historic sites that are affiliated with Abraham Lincoln.

  14. General Information 2 Major Cities Springfield Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices Lincoln’s Home in Springfield, Illinois

  15. General Information 2 • The Illinois quarter design depicts a young Abraham Lincoln within the outline of the state. Illinois State Quarter • A farm scene and the Chicago skyline appear on opposite sides of the outline. • The design also contains 21 stars and bears the inscriptions "21st State/Century" and "Land Of Lincoln." The Illinois state quarter is the third U.S. coin to feature Lincoln but the first to feature him as a young man.

  16. Interesting Sites to Visit in Illinois Springfield Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

  17. Interesting Sites to Visit in Illinois Springfield The Lincoln Tomb

  18. Interesting Sites to Visit in Illinois New Salem Abraham Lincoln first came to the New Salem village at the age of 21 and lived here for 6 years. It is now currently a historic state park, featuring replicas of the buildings from that time period as well as interpreters dressed in costumes.

  19. Date Timeline of Illinois 1800 Congress creates the Indiana Territory, which includes Illinois. 1811 New Madrid, Missouri earthquake, the largest in U.S history, damages southern Illinois. 1814 The first newspaper in the state, the Illinois Herald, is published at Kaskaskia. 1818 Illinois becomes the twenty-first state, with Kaskaskia as its capital. 1820 Vandalia becomes the state capital. 1830 Abraham Lincoln moves to Illinois from Indiana. 1839 Springfield becomes the state capital.

  20. Timeline of Illinois 1853 The first state fair is held at Springfield. 1858 Republican Abraham Lincoln and Democrat Stephen Douglas hold seven debates in the United States Senate contest; Douglas wins the election. 1861 The Civil War begins, and Lincoln is elected President. 1865 President Lincoln is assassinated in Washington, D.C. and is buried in Springfield. 1868 Civil War General, Ulysses S. Grant is elected President of the United States. 1871 The Great Chicago Fire occurred leaving around 100,000 people homeless. 1878 Bell Telephone Company of Illinois begins service in Chicago.

  21. Timeline of Illinois 1908 Springfield race riot leads to formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. 1913 General assembly grants women the right to vote for presidential electors. 1918 Influenza epidemic causes thirty-two thousand deaths in the state. 1932 The number of unemployed workers in Chicago reaches 750,000 during the Great Depression. 1940 The first television station in Illinois is established by Chicago theater owner, John Blaban. 1942 University of Chicago Scientists led by Enrico Fermi, achieve the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction.

  22. Timeline of Illinois 1957 The nation’s first nuclear power generating station is activated at Argonne National Laboratory in DuPage County. 1974 The Sears building which was the world’s tallest building is complete. 1980 Ronald Reagan is elected the President of the United States. 1992 Carol Moseley-Braun of Chicago becomes the first African American woman elected to the United States Senate.

  23. Fun Facts • Illinois has all the sports! It’s home to: • Chicago Bears Football Team • Chicago Blackhawks hockey team • Chicago bulls basketball team • Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox baseball teams • Chicago Fire soccer team The first animal purchased for the Lincoln Park Zoo was a bear cub, at the price of $10 on June 1, 1874. Sears Tower in Chicago is the tallest building on the North American Continent. The first Aquarium opened in Chicago in 1893.

  24. Fun Facts Illinois ranks third in the nation in the number of interstate highway miles. The world’s largest public library with a collection of over 2 million books is The Chicago Public Library. The Chicago River is dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day. Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery in 1865.

  25. References

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