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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Jerseyville Police adopt P.I.N. program

The Telegraph - Alton 04 Aug 2021
Jerseyville Police have launched a free P.I.N. (Potentially Impaired or Non-Verbal Person) Sticker program to help first responders recognize potential barriers when interacting with people ... Program ... Newsletter signup ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug. 15. Bethalto man charged in auto theft ... Miss Illinois International wins Miss International 2021 pageant....
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Bethalto man charged in auto theft

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
EDWARDSVILLE — A Bethalto man has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle ... Autery, 61, of Bethalto, was charged Aug ... The case was presented by the Bethalto Police Department ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug ... Bethalto man charged in auto theft ... Miss Illinois International wins Miss International 2021 pageant. IllinoisFirst Lady visit MAC....
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Miss Illinois International wins Miss International 2021 pageant

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
Miss Illinois International, Deepa Dhillon, won Miss International 2021 on Saturday, at the annual Miss International Pageant ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug ... Miss Illinois International wins Miss International 2021 pageant. IllinoisFirst Lady visit MAC....
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Take 5: Things to do this week

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
9. 1of9. On Saturday take the opportunity to step inside the Motor Vessel Mississippi during a public open house by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District ... Show MoreShow Less ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug. 15. Bethalto man charged in auto theft ... Miss Illinois International wins Miss International 2021 pageant. IllinoisFirst Lady visit MAC ... ....
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Illinois’ First Lady visit MAC

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
STAUNTON — IllinoisFirst Lady M.K. Pritzker visited the Macoupin Art Collective in July to learn more about the classes offered to kids and adults. Kids in a jewelry-making class showed Pritzker their work ... Newsletter signup. Newsletters, Alerts, and more ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug ... Illinois’ First Lady visit MAC ... ....
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Scooter’s Coffee opens in Glen Carbon

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
GLEN CARBON — Scooter’s Coffee is now open on Illinois 159 in Glen Carbon. A client of the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the drive-thru coffeehouse is open 6 a.m.-8 p.m ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug ... IllinoisFirst Lady visit MAC....
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Convicted murderer faces armed violence, drug charges

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
EDWARDSVILLE — A Collinsville man convicted of murder in 2011 faces weapons and drug charges after a July 30 incident. Jevon E ... The case was presented by the Collinsville Police Department ... He has a 2011 St. Clair County conviction for second degree murder ... Bail was set at $250,000 ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug. 15. IllinoisFirst Lady visit MAC....
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Bingo! Former coworkers unite at rehab

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
Former coworkers Rosemary Crowell and Cynthia Ley were recently reunited during bingo at the Highland Health Care Center. Both of the women were undergoing short-term rehab for broken ankles ... “I couldn’t believe it!” said Crowell ... Newsletter signup ... More news. Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug. 15. IllinoisFirst Lady visit MAC ... ....
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Caseyville man faces multiple felonies after accident

The Telegraph - Alton 03 Aug 2021
EDWARDSVILLE — A Caseyville man faces multiple felony charges after an accident resulting in an injury and weapons violations in Pontoon Beach. Brendan L. Day, 23, of Caseyville, was charged Monday, Aug ... The case was presented by the Pontoon Beach Police Department ... • Corey A ... Bethalto chicken dinner set Aug. 15. IllinoisFirst Lady visit MAC....
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Sneak Peek: Edwardsville Art Fair artists previews — Part 3

The Intelligencer 27 Jul 2021
In cooperation with the Edwardsville Arts Center, the Intelligencer is publishing previews of all the artists to be featured at the 2021 Edwardsville Art Fair. This is the third story in the series ... The three-day fair is an opportunity for families to see, make and buy art ... Bethalto, Illinois ... ....
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Ameren upgrades Bethalto streetlights

The Telegraph - Alton 26 Jul 2021
Ameren Illinois has contracted with Pro Electric to install about 250 streetlights in Bethalto with the help of IBEW-trained electrical workers. BETHALTO — Ameren Illinois is partnering with the City of Bethalto to upgrade neighborhood streetlights with more energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights....
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Officials: 3 of 4 inmates caught after Illinois jail escape

The Telegraph - Alton 09 Jul 2021
8 ... The four inmates escaped from the Fulton County Jail in Lewistown on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 ... (AP) — Three of four inmates who escaped from a county jail in western Illinois have been captured, officials said ... Illinois schools must now teach Asian American History ... Bethalto fish fry set July 17 ... 3 of 4 inmates caught after Illinois jail escape....
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Rain forecast through Thursday

The Telegraph - Alton 29 Jun 2021
It was helping hands to the rescue Monday after a woman in a motorized wheelchair got stuck in the mud in the 700 block of Alby Street ... At 2 p.m ... Newsletter signup ... More news ... Rain can’t stop Bethalto fireworks. On the Illinois River, the river was at 25 feet at Hardin ... ....
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