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11,752,000 (6th in size)
State size: 56,345 square miles (24th in size)
State Capital: Springfield (named from the Spring Creek where the settlement was built)
Major cities: Aurora, Chicago, Decatur, Evanston, Joliet, Rockford, Skokie
Admission to union: The 21st State
Date entered the union: December 3, 1818
Origin of state name: Named from an indian word meaning "man".
Nicknames: The Prairie State and the Land of Lincoln
Bordering states: Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin
State bird: Eastern Cardinal
State flower: Violet
State tree: White Oak
Motto: State Sovereignty, National Union
|The Shawnee National Forest.|
|Agriculture is a major industry including corn, soybeans and pigs. Other industries include food processing, fabricated metals, electrical goods, printing and publishing.|
|The French first explored the area in 1659. Illinois came under British control in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris. Illinois was initially part of the county of Virginia, but later separated into its own state.|
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