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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What's brewing in Bethalto?

The Telegraph - Alton 28 Jun 2022
Work is progressing on the coffee chain's third Illinois location ... BETHALTOConstruction workers were inside and on top of ... Work is progressing on the coffee chain's third Illinois location....

State Fire Marshal says leave fireworks to professionals

The Telegraph - Alton 28 Jun 2022
"Home fireworks used around the 4th of July holiday are a dangerous tradition that leads to injuries that are preventable by simply leaving fireworks to the professionals," Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez said in a press release ... NEWSLETTER ... Wrestling steel in Bethalto. East Alton's Piar adds STL Metropolitan title to Illinois state crown ... ....

California men face ketamine felony charges

The Telegraph - Alton 23 Jun 2022
The case was presented by the Illinois State Police ... Gobble, 27, of the 100 block of Woodcrest Drive, Bethalto, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony ... How will they make Enjoy Illinois 300 better? ... The case was presented by the Illinois State Police ... The case was presented by the Illinois State Police....

Bethalto crash reported Tuesday

The Telegraph - Alton 22 Jun 2022
Tuesday on Illinois 140 at Shellview Street in Bethalto ... Tuesday a Chevrolet Silverado collided with a a Jeep Compass on Illinois 140 at Shellview Street in Bethalto....

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