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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RBGA notes 6 new members

The Telegraph - Alton 27 Oct 2020
Bellwood, Bethalto, with Lori Bromberg, President/Treasurer and Managing Partner. The Bethalto Imo’s is owned by Charles and Barbara (“Babs”) Pelan ... Within the next month or so, the Bethalto Imo’s is moving to a new location on Illinois 111 ... The foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of Illinois....

Police make Monday morning arrests

The Telegraph - Alton 26 Oct 2020
Image 1 of / 5 ... The person reportedly left the store with cigarettes and got into a white car that was seen heading north on Illinois 111. Wood River and Bethalto Police pursued the vehicle, which headed south on Interstate 255. Authorities stopped the vehicle just north of Illinois 143 ... ....

Local Boys & Girls Clubs to merge

Business Journal 15 Oct 2020
Louis and the Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto in Illinois will merge, with both boards unanimously ......

Circuit courts for Oct. 8

News-Press Now 08 Oct 2020
Division 4. Judge Daniel Kellogg. Prison ... Jailed ... Suspended sentence. Xzavion Dupree Green, 21, 23 E ... Division 5. Judge Keith Marquart ... Jailed. Caleb J ... McGill, 49, 1114 S ... Suspended sentence ... McCabe, 37, Bethalto, Illinois, two years of probation for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.Earnest Frank Mitchell IV, 33, 17567 U.S ... Division 6 ... Suspended sentence ... ....

Bethalto ice cream device getting pandemic boost

The Telegraph - Alton 11 Sep 2020
BETHALTO — For two years, Cone Huggys owner Jeff Hughart of Bethalto has worked with the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Business Specialist Marti Wieland to create and launch Ice Cream Caddie, the world’s first ice cream cone to-go container....

Pizza Hut closes in Edwardsville

The Intelligencer 09 Sep 2020
Pizza Hut restaurants in Alton, Bethalto, Jerseyville and Edwardsville were among the 18 closed in Illinois this week ... at 3030 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, 312 Bethalto Drive in Bethalto, 602 S....

Pizza Hut closes in Godfrey, Jerseyville

The Telegraph - Alton 09 Sep 2020
https.// ... Image 1 of / 1 ... 1 / 1 ... Pizza Hut restaurants in Alton, Bethalto, Jerseyville and Edwardsville were among the 18 closed in Illinois this week ... The area restaurants were located at 3030 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, 312 Bethalto Drive in Bethalto, 602 S. State St ... ....

Kathleen Marie Dubbelde

Herald & Review 04 Sep 2020
DECATUR — Kathleen Marie Dubbelde, 89, of Bethalto, Illinois, passed away peacefully the morning of September 2, 2020 at Imboden Creek Living Center, Decatur, Illinois ... ....

ATHLETICS: 129 Cougars earn classroom honors

The Intelligencer 06 Aug 2020
Vernon, Illinois) ... Mikala Hall (Danville, Illinois), Mikia Keith (Indianapolis, Indiana), Christen King (Medina, Tennessee), Mikayla Kinnard (Louisville, Kentucky), Kaitlin Lee (Flossmoor, Illinois), Bria Stallworth (Chicago), Allie Troeckler (Bethalto, Illinois), Zaria Whitlock (St....

Crowe notes upcoming road projects

The Telegraph - Alton 29 Jul 2020
• Replace bridge on Albers Lane over Rocky Branch Creek in Bethalto. • Restore 0.14 miles of North Prairie Street from Corbin Street to Williams Street in Bethalto. • Reconstruct intersection of Sugar Loaf Road and Illinois Route 157 in Collinsville....

No Bethalto Homecoming this year

The Telegraph - Alton 16 Jul 2020
https.// No Bethalto Homecoming this year ... No Bethalto Homecoming this year ... BETHALTO — Like many other traditions such as county fairs, the Bethalto Homecoming is canceled this year because under Gov ... Last year the Bethalto Homecoming celebrated its centennial....

PETE HAYES: Baseball, hot dogs and Pepsi; They don’t come any better than Coach Mac

The Telegraph - Alton 16 Jul 2020
Smith was Illinois Players of the Year in 1989 and a prep All-American ... He went on to become a member of the University of Illinois’ Flyin’ Illini Final Four team, coached by Lou Henson ... 4-ranked Alton was facing host Civic Memorial in the regional championship game in Bethalto....

Madison County looks to lower max property taxes

News-Press Now 10 Jun 2020
The measure will head to the full county board next week ... "In Illinois, property taxes are one of the largest taxes that most households have to deal with," said Madison County Board member Tom McRae, R-Bethalto, noting that Illinois has the second largest property tax rate in the country after New Jersey ... See More Local Videos. 1.02 ... 3.17. St ... ....