Illinois

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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Mobile DMV unit will visit Wood River

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2022
The Illinois Secretary of State's mobile unit will be in Wood River Thursday.Getty Images ... to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wood River Police Department, 550 E ... Kris Tharp, D-Bethalto, in partnership with the Illinois Secretary of State ... ....
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Tharp notes Aug. 5-14 sales tax reduction

The Telegraph - Alton 27 Jul 2022
Illinois will lower the state tax rate on school supplies, eligible clothes and footwear from 6.25%, down to 1.25%, for Aug ... BETHALTOIllinois will institute a 10-day tax holiday on school supplies, and working families can expect to have reduced shopping costs ahead of the upcoming academic year, according to state Sen....
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Madison County marriages and civil unions, June 28

The Intelligencer 26 Jul 2022
Moore, Scott Michael of Maryville, Illinois and Faust, Michelle Marie of Maryville, Illinois. Lawrence, Jared Cole of O'Fallon, Illinois Storms, Alexandra Milah of O'Fallon, Illinois ... Moss, Ryan Allen of Bethalto, Illinois and Dankenbring, Tammy Charlene of Bethalto, Illinois ... Maldonado, Abel of Granite City, Illinois and......

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