Illinois (i/ˌɪlˈnɔɪ/ IL-i-NOY) is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. It is the 5th most populous state and 25th largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

Although today the state's largest population center is around Chicago in the northern part of the state, the state's European population grew first in the west, with French Canadians who settled along the Mississippi River, and gave the area the name, Illinois. After the American Revolutionary War established the United States, American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1810s via the Ohio River, and the population grew from south to north. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois' rich prairie into some of the world's most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. Railroads carried immigrants to new homes, as well as being used to ship their commodity crops out to markets.

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‘A big deal to the kids’: Area elementary ADs dealing with ‘the pause’

The Telegraph - Alton 15 Jan 2021
Most of the public elementary, middle school and junior high sports in Illinois are governed by the Illinois Elementary School Association. And while it may be somewhat true that the IESA follows the Illinois High School Association’s lead in many cases, that’s not always the case....

‘Our state is in crisis’; Elik joins Illinois House

The Telegraph - Alton 14 Jan 2021
https.// ‘Our state is in crisis’; Elik joins Illinois House. Elik sworn in to Illinois House ... ‘Our state is in crisis’; Elik joins Illinois House ... Elik was sworn in during a ceremony of the 102nd Illinois General Assembly held at BOS Center in Springfield....

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Troeckler earns monthly honor

The Intelligencer 07 Jan 2021
The senior from Bethalto, Illinois, is majoring in Criminal Justice and boasts a 4.0 grade point average ... ....

Cougars win waiting game that may not be their last

The Telegraph - Alton 23 Dec 2020
Photo ... Photo ... Eastern Illinois scheduled for 5 p.m ... SIUE has lost its last 17 conference games, including this season’s loss last week at Eastern Illinois. Allie Troeckler, a senior from Bethalto, leads the Cougars in scoring (11.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.7), with sophomore Mikayla Kinnard also scoring in double figures at 11.5 ppg ... 26....

WRESTLING: SIUE announces recruiting class

The Intelligencer 17 Dec 2020
SIUE coach Jeremy Spates announced the addition of Dan McKiernan (Richmond, Michigan), Caine Tyus (Bethalto, Illinois) and Caleb Tyus (Bethalto, Illinois) ... Caleb placed second at the Illinois Class 2A state championships as a 132-pound junior last season....

CM’s Tyus twins continue tradition, sign with SIUE

The Telegraph - Alton 08 Dec 2020
https.// CM’s Tyus twins continue tradition, sign with SIUE ... Photo. Greg Shashack / The Telegraph. Photo ... Image 1 of / 3. Photo ... 1 / 3 ... BETHALTO – The Civic Memorial Eagles have a history of connections to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling....