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Interesting Illinois Facts 

 The worlds first Skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1893. In Nauvoo, the first Mormon Temple was constructed. The first  
 McDonalds was in Des Plaines.  The tallest building in Chicago is the Sears Tower. The first state to ratify the
13th         
 Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery was Illinois.  President Ronald Reagan boyhood home is in Dixon.    
   The largest man-made lake in Illinois is in Carlyle.  Square dancing is the state dance of Illinois.  On Saint Patrick’s Day,

      the Chicago River is dyed green. Largest Cities: Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Springfield, and Peoria-Border States: Indiana,
          Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri,  and Wisconsin.
Capital City: Springfield-Statehood: December 3, 1818 (21th)-Population:
       12,214,000 Nickname: Land of Lincoln / Prairie State-Motto: State sovereignty, national union. Origin of State Name: French
             version of an Algonquin Indian for "warriors"-Counties: 102 Largest Cities: Chicago, Rockford, Aurora, Springfield, Peoria-Border
           States: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin-Land Area: 55,646 sq. mi.; 24th largest-Highest Point: Charles
              Mound, 1,235 ft.-Lowest Point: Mississippi River, 279 ft.-State Bird: Cardinal State Flower: Native Violet (viola)-State Tree: White
Oak (quercus alba)-State Song: Illinois
State Web Site:
www.state.il.us

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