A great Midwestern state that represents The North
, the South, and the Midwest
all in one. This is because the length of Illinois runs up and down for over 300 miles: the northernmost area being along the Wisconsin border, and the southernmost area being at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Ohio River
, located at the small town of Cairo (pronounced KAY-row).
The state of Illinois consists of flat plains, cultivated farmlands, rich river valleys, a few forests, and well laid-out urban cities. The largest of these cities is the major metropolis of Chicago
with its massive skyline and high population of just under 3 million people. Its metropolitan, surrounding-area population amounts to an even larger 7 million people.
The second largest city is Aurora, then Rockford. Springfield and Peoria are practically equal in size, with a population of around 113,000 each. This is an awesome state that everyone should visit.
Illinois is one of the largest corn-growing states in the Union. It also manufactures a lot of farm machinery, machine tools, processed foods, construction supplies, etc. The state has a very strong industry, and an even greater commercial strength because of Chicago. Here are the headquarters of many companies; tons of banks, insurance companies, industrial corporation headquarters, etc. There is also an incredible cultural standing with its numerous museums, fashion and apparel production, arcades, multi-ethnic restaurants, and more.