Illinois is the 21st state of the United States of America. It is the most populous and diverse state in the Midwestern region and the fifth most populous state in America. Illinois is home to many US presidents, such as Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Ulysses S. Grant and the current president.

Illinois has witnessed several significant episodes in the history of America: the opening of Erie Canal, the Black Hawk War, and the rise of President Abraham Lincoln from a mere farm laborer to becoming the most important man on earth, the president of the United States.

Illinois depends highly on coal mining, manufacturing, agriculture, steel and iron production, and oil production. Illinois is also a major producer of corns, cattle, wheat, oats, hay, hogs and soybeans.

Because Illinois is the home of the great Abe Lincoln, there are several shrines and memorials dedicated to the great president. You can visit the Lincoln Home, the Lincoln Tomb and the Old State Capitol while in Illinois. Aside from this, you can also visit: the Art Institute, the Field Museum the Museum of Science and Industry, Merchandise Mart, Shedd Aquarium, Burpee Museum, Millennium Park and the Chicago Portage National Historic Site.

Apart from its rich history, Illinois is also rich in culture. Illinois is particularly known for its jazz culture, because of its demographically diverse population in the state. In June, the city hosts the ‘Taste of Chicago’ event, which celebrates the diverse ethnic meals and specialties in the state.

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