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21st State (December 3, 1818), midwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: IL

Nickname: The Prairie State, Land of Lincoln

Origin of Name: From an Indian word and French suffix, meaning "tribe of superior men".






Illinois State:

Capital: Springfield
Motto: State Sovereignty, National Union
Slogan: Land of Lincoln
Illinois State Seal
Animal: White-tailed Deer
Bird: Northern Cardinal
Dance: Square Dance
Fish: Bluegill
Flower: Violet

Fossil: Tully Monster
Insect: Monarch Butterfly
Mineral: Fluorite
Prairie Grass: Big Bluestem
Reptile: Painted Turtle
Song: Illinois
Tree: White Oak

Illinois State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African American from Sainte-Domingue (Haiti), built the first permanent settlement at the mouth of the river just east of the present Michigan Avenue Bridge on the north bank.

Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S.

The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is one of history's most destructive fires. This online exhibition examining the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 focuses on the ways in which the fire has been remembered.

Explore Illinois:
At Home on the French Frontier: 1700-1800
At Home on the Fringes of the Prairie: 1800-1850
At Home in a House Divided: 1850-1890
At Home with Art & Industry: 1890-1920
At Home in a Century of Progress? 1920-1950
At Home in a House Subdivided: 1950-Present

What is a Prairie?
A prairie is a type of grassland. The name comes from the French word for "meadow."

Sears Tower
World's Tallest Building Until 1996 Regains Tallest Title in 1997.

Major Lakes: Lake Michigan, Rend Lake

Major Rivers: Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Wabash River

Famous Illinoisans

Walt Disney, Chicago

George E. Hale astronomer, Chicago
The founding father of the Mt.Wilson Observatory

Abraham Lincoln 16th U.S. president, Hardin County, Kentucky
Printable fact sheet on President Abraham Lincoln provides you with photos and personal information.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004 ), 37th President of the U.S.
Printable fact sheet on President Ronald Reagan provides you with photos and personal information.

Sites to See

On the Trail of Lincoln's Life 
Take a photo tour of Historic Places Connected with Abraham Lincoln.

Illinois & Michigan Canal
Learn the history of Illinois and Michigan Canal 

My Chicago
Developed by the Chicago Historical Society.
Information, download activities, games, and more.

Color Pages

Illinois Flag

Things To Do-Other Sites

Illinois State Quarter
Read about the Illinois State Quarter and print out the color page.

Illinois State Symbols Game

Illinois Word Search

Make a Water Cycle Wheel

How to Put Worms to Work for You

Middle Riddle
A picture riddle with an environmental message.









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