Twin Cities in Central Illinois. Home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Has a thriving independant music scene, and local art scene.
Famous people: REO Speedwagon (rock band), Ludacris (rapper), Roger Ebert (film critic), Alison Krauss (singer/musician), Bonnie Blair (Olympian), Iris Chang (author), Erika Harold (2003 Miss America), Jennie Garth (actress)
Champaign is also known as Bubble City.
Champaign-Urbana is NOT in southern Illinois!!