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    State of Illinois
    Nickname Land of Lincoln
    Capital Springfield
    Largest city Chicago
    Population 12.8M (Rank:6)

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    Progressive state
    Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery.

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    Birthplace of Atom bomb
    On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and a small band of scientists and engineers demonstrated that a simple construction of graphite bricks and uranium lumps could produce controlled heat. The space chosen for the first nuclear fission reactor was a squash court under the football stadium at the University of Chicago.

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    Chicago fire
    What began as an ordinary fire in Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s barn on October 8, 1871, quickly turned into what became known as the Great Chicago Fire, which devastated roughly 18,000 buildings, left close to 100,000 inhabitants homeless and killed between 200 and 300 people. Only two buildings survived the great Chicago fire, the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station

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    Carol Moseley Braun
    Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American woman ever to serve as U.S. Senator, represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999

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    Tallest man
    Robert Pershing Wadlow, also known as the Giant of Illinois, was an American who became famous as the tallest person ever in human recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 inches in height and weighed 490 lb (220 kg) at his death at age 22.

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    Illinois is the largest producer of pumpkins in the United States. It is also the second largest producer of corn in the United States.

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    Nickname Land of Lincoln List
    Capital Springfield List
    Largest city Chicago List
    Largest metro Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Metro (rank: 3) List
    Motto State Sovereignty, National Union List
    Abbreviation IL List
    Population 12.8 million (rank: 6) List
    Population density 232 per mile2 (rank: 12) List
    Life expectancy 79 (rank: 25) List
    Median age 37.7 years (rank: 21) List
    Area 57,953 mile2 (rank: 25) List
    Median household income $60,413 (rank: 18) List
    Statehood December 3, 1818 (21st state) List
    Mean elevation 600 ft (183 m) List
    Highest point Charles Mound 1,235 ft (376.4 m) List
    Governor Bruce Rauner (R)
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