Illinois is well-known to university students for its fantastic universities such as the university of Illinois and university of Chicago. Historically, the name Illinois originated from a native American word which means tribe of superior men as its early inhabitants are Americans. Illinois is one of the states in the United States which is situated right at the center of America. It officially became a US territory in 1809 and became 21st state way back 1818. Illinois’ state motto is, “State Sovereignty, National Union”.
Illinois nickname is, “Land of Lincoln”. Springfield is the capital of Illinois and the largest city is Chicago. Northern Cardinal is the state bird which is mostly seen during winter. The state flower is violet which are wild and the state tree is white oak. It has three major rivers, the Illinois river, Mississippi river and Ohio river. Illinois has a diverse cultural influences and varied landscape. In most cases, Illinois varies in weather. Sometimes, there is an intense heat and cold waves, major winter storms, catastrophic and deadly tornadoes.
One remarkable work in Illinois is the creation of the first skyscraper in the world, year 1885. This place is also known as a musical hub since jazz, blues, and gospel music genres were developed in the early 20th century and commended as a sport city (particularly in Chicago) in the US. Past presidents including Ronald Reagan, Ulysses Grant, Abraham Lincoln and even Barack Obama originated in Illinois. Other famous personalities (writers) include Upton Sinclair, Ernest Hemingway, Saul Bellow and Carl Sandburg are from Illinois.