Illinois Travel Guide
Illinois (surnamed Land of Lincoln or The Priairie State) is a Middle West State of the United States of America and it is bordered by Lake Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana. The name comes from the Indian “Algonquin” meaning „warrior, courageous man”. With its 140,998 km² it has 12,831,970 inhabitants (ranked 5th) more than the fifth part of the population being concentrated in Chicago, the third city in the States, and its second industrial centre. Many important American companies have their headquarters here: Boeing, McDonalds, United Airlines or Motorola. Besides Chicago, there are also important cities such as Springfield (the capital of the state), Aurora, Rockford, Naperville or Peoria.
The climate is humid continental with hot summers and cool winters. It also has quite a lot of thunder activity and tornadoes.
Outside Chicago the state remains mainly agricultural, with important cereal crops and breeding (pigs, sheep, and caws). As for industry the center of the state is the headquarter of two giants of machinery and equipment: John Deere and Caterpillar.
Illinois can proudly say to be home of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, the largest library in the US. Sports are also very popular, baseball or basketball teams like Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, White Sox or the Bears are teams that accompany fans’ life forever.
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