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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Wood River I-Cash event set

The Telegraph - Alton 05 Oct 2022
WOOD RIVER — In partnership with the Illinois Treasurer’s office, state Sen. Kris Tharp, D-Bethalto, is bringing ......

Tharp discusses SAFE-T Act with cops

The Telegraph - Alton 05 Oct 2022
Kris TharpKris Tharp. EDWARDSVILLE – In partnership with the Southern Illinois Area Police Chiefs Association, state Sen. Kris Tharp, D-Bethalto, met Tuesday with Metro East police officials to discuss their concerns with the SAFE-T Act ... J.B. Pritzker. Starting Jan ... ....

Airport hosting terrorism memorial

The Telegraph - Alton 24 Sep 2022
John Badman.The Telegraph Members of the Patriot Guard helped lead the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance up Illinois 111 in Wood River to the airport in Bethalto.John BadmanShow MoreShow Less ... BETHALTO — A crowd of patriotic people were on hand Friday morning to escort the ......

Scooter's Coffee celebrates new Jerseyville store

The Telegraph - Alton 17 Sep 2022
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3. 1of3 ... 2of3 ... State St ... 3of3. JERSEYVILLE — Scooter's Coffee at 600 S. State St ... It joined other nearby stores in Bethalto, Glen Carbon, Highland and Greenville. Scott Gaffner, a retired Illinois State Police trooper, said opening the Jerseyville store with his wife, Jamie, was like coming home....

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