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    (December 3, 1818- )
    21st state to join
    First visited by Marquette and Joliet (1673)
    Fort Crevecoeur built (1679)
    Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin) (February 3, 1809)
    Nickname: Prairie State
    Capital: Springfield
    Size: 56,400 square miles (ranks 24th)
    Motto: State Sovereignty, National Union
    Bird: Cardinal
    Flower: Native Violet
    Tree: White Oak
    Song: Illinois
    Experienced the first recorded tornado (June 5, 1805).
    Temperature ranges from -35ºF (-37ºC) to (January 22, 1930) and 117ºF (47ºC) (July 14, 1954).
    Bus blew a tire, went out of control and killed 18 in Salem (March 24, 1937).
    'Exposition Flyer' rammed at Napierville, killed 48 (April 25, 1946).
    Illinois University newspaper says their are clues on Beatles album that proves one of them is dead, starting the 'Paul is Dead' rumor (September 23, 1969).
    They had NBA basketball team named the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1946-51) (Moline and Rock Island, Ill. and Davenport, Iowa.) became the Milwaukee/St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Zephyrs (1961-63) Became the Baltimore Bullets and Washington Wizard.
    They had an XFL football team named the Chicago Enforcers.
    To make it tougher to pass, it required a 3/5 vote in both state houses rather than simple majority on the Equal Rights Amendment.
    A prehistoric painting of the Piasa Bird was found in Alton, although the origins of the painting are unknown.
    MacDonalds' founder Ray Kroc, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Eddie Albert, Carol Lawrence, Donna Mills, Karen Allen, Chaka Khan, Laurie Metcalf, Ronald Reagan and Joan Cusack were born in Illinois.
    Abraham Lincoln made his first political speech at an Illinois State Fair (October 4, 1854).
    The first Lincoln-Douglas debate was held in Illinois (August 21, 1858).
    Illinois becomes the first state to require sexual equality in employment (March 22, 1872).
    The Anti-Cigarette League of America formed in Chicago Illinois (August 18, 1919).
    Red Grange played for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears (November 21, 1925).
    The first automobile seat belt legislation was enacted (June 27, 1955).
    Ray Kroc started the McDonald's chain of fast food restaurants (April 15, 1955).
    The then largest lottery in North America ($69M) was drawn in Illinois (April 15, 1989).
    The world's busiest airport is O'Hare.
    The world's busiest mailbox is in Chicago.
    Many people saw grapefruit for the first time at the Chicago World's Fair (1903).
    The TV series 'Bob Newhart,' 'Family Matters,' 'Roseanne,' 'Sisters' and 'Perf Stranger' were set in Illinois.
    They have a National League Baseball team named the Chicago Cubs (1876- ), who won 2 World Series (1907-08)
    They have a NHL hockey team named the Chicago Blackhawks (1926- ), who won 3 Stanley Cups.
    They have a NBA basketball team named the Chicago Bulls (1966- ).
    They have a NFL football team named the Chicago Bears (1921- ), which won eight NFL titles (1921, 32-33, 40-41, 43, 46, 63) and a Super Bowl (1985). They had a NFL football team named the Chicago Cardinals (1920-59) which moved to St. Louis and then Arizona.
    They have an American League baseball team named the Chicago White Sox (1901- ) who won 2 World Series (1906, 17).
    The furthest western engagement in the American Revolution occurred on the banks of the Mississippi near Fort Kanawatha.
    Archaeologists uncovered evidence that a large city probably existed from the ninth to thirteenth century near Cahokia State Park
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