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A state that feels more like a large city surrounded by farmland. Most people who live in this state feel that it is divided into two areas--Chicago and Downstate. Although the official state capital is Springfield, just about everything gets done in Chicago. In fact, some out-of-staters actually believe that the capital of Illinois is Chicago. Because of this, and many other things, most "downstaters" resent everything and everyone from Chicago.
Visitor: Where are you from?
Illinois Guy: I'm from Peoria, Illinois.
Visitor: Where's that? Near Chicago?
Illinois Guy: No, it's about 50 miles west of Bloomington.
Visitor: Where's Bloomington?
Illinois Guy: Oh, forget it. It's near Chicago.
by Smooth B April 27, 2004
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Midwest state. East North Central, I guess, if it makes sense. The state is pretty much Chicago, the suburbs and the rest of Northern Illinois, and then the other half is Central Illinois and Southern Illinois (Downstate). Chicago is the largest city and 3rd in the country, and has a lot to offer even if it keeps getting or at least staying dangerous. We're also known for corrupt politics and taxation. The state has a high population, but also has a lot of corn.
I lived in a few States and I also was born in Chicago, Illinois
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A state in the Mid-West. There are a lot of misconceptions about Illinois. First, Chicago is NOT the capital, Springfield is. Second, Illinois is pronounced Ill - Uh - Noy, Not Ill - Uh - Noise. Third, Illinois is more than Chicago and a bunch of farms. There are a bunch of cities in Illinois like Peoria, Bloomington, and Springfield. Fourth, A lot of people think Peoria is a shit hole. Well, I live there and honestly, I have to agree. Every day somebody gets shot or stabbed in Peoria.

Illinois is a great place to be. Except if you live in Peoria like me, then it sucks.
by Skrilla187 February 10, 2008
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1. The Land of Lincoln
2.Obamanation (Fuck You Hawaii)
3.The space inbetween Chicago and St. Louis and the eventual battleground in the war between Cubs fans and Cards fans.
4. Home of the most corrupt politicians in the world.
Chicago just needs to severe from Illinois and become its own state, most downstaters treat it like one anyways.
by Redhawk23 December 24, 2008
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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.
by Union Soldier December 21, 2004
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A midwestern state where you could see a Porshe and a John Deere tractor on the same country road on your way to eat a Pony Shoe (or if you're hungry, a Horse Shoe) with your neighbors who happen to be a farmer, a stock broker, a doctor, and a hippie (i.e., very diverse). Illinoisians are infatuated with the outdoors, as shown by the multitude of state parks throughout the state. Although there sometimes tends to be tension between the Chicagoans and Downstaters, both unite together in their loyalty and pride in Illinois.
Notable cities (from south to north): Decatur, Charleston-Mattoon, Springfield, Danville, Urbana-Champaign, Bloomington, Peoria, Rockford, Rock Island-Moline, Chicago and suburbs.
by scot d August 12, 2005
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probably one of the best places in america. theres chicago and the Downstate, and they're both awesome. illinois has everything, from the big city to the rolling farmlands, from the mississippi valley to the hills in the south, from the cliffs and bluffs in the northwest to the beaches in the northeast. from the extreme seasons to the fast drivers, and the endlessly booming suburbs. illinois is an amazing place to have your home in, and an awesome place to grow up. oh yeah, its POP, not soda or cola or any of that shit
illinois is my home, and i love it. and we're not all hicks, even if we're farmers!!
by a fat bastard July 30, 2008
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