Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Illinois attracted nationwide attention in 1858 because of the debates between Abraham Lincoln and what other man?||Illinois
Douglas. They were running for U.S. Senate. Lincoln lost this race, but went on the become the 16th President of the United States.
|True or False? Nuclear power plants supply about 55 percent of the electric power generated in Illinois.||Illinois
t. Illinois generates more nuclear power than any other state. Coal-burning plants supply most of the rest of the state's power.
Cardinal. Illinois shares its state bird with six states: Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
|In what year was Illinois granted statehood?||Illinois
1818. December 3, 1818 was the official date on which Illinois was granted statehood. It was the 21st to enter the Union.
|What is Illinois' official state mineral?||Illinois
Fluorite. This was established in 1965. Illinois is the largest producer of Fluorite in the U.S.
|What famous gangster was shot by the FBI outside of Chicago's Biograph Theatre onJuly 22, 1934?||Illinois Fun Facts
John Dillinger . John Dillinger, 'Public Enemy Number One', was shot and killed by FBI agents as he emerged from the theatre. Ironically, the movie he had seen was 'Manhattan Melodrama', a gangster film. A plaque on the historic building describes the event.
|What famous American orator and Presidential candidate was born in Salem in 1860?||Illinois Fun Facts
William Jennings Bryan. William Jennings Bryan, the impassioned political orator and three- time Presidential candidate, was born in Salem on March 19, 1860. Known as 'The Great Commoner' or the 'Silver-Tongued Orator', he is perhaps best known for his 'Cross of Gold' speech at the 1896 Democratic convention in Chicago. His famous line, on the subject of gold vs. silver currency, was 'You shall not crucify the working man upon a cross of gold'.
|Who was dragged from the Old Carthage Jail and assassinated by a mob in Carthage on June 27, 1844?||Illinois Fun Facts
Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion, was jailed in Carthage, on charges of treason and destroying a printing press. He and his brother Hyrum had made their way west, getting kicked out of New York, Ohio, and Missouri before settling in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839. Today the Old Jail is restored and open for tours.
It has a miniature golf course. Believe it or not, there is actually a miniature golf course in the basement of this funeral home. It was started over 35 years ago as a pastime for staff and family, and as word of its existence spread, it became an attraction in its own right. You need to call for a reservation to play- people are DYING to play. (sorry, I couldn't resist)
Ronald Reagan . Reagan, our 40th President, was born in Tampico in 1911. In case you were thinking of Lincoln, he was born in Kentucky. However, Illinois' nickname is 'Land of Lincoln', since he spent most of his life in this state. Ulysses Grant lived in Galena, but was not born there.
Dairy Queen. The store was opened by J. F. and Alex McCullough. Thank you, JF and Alex!
True. There is a statue of Superman in the city.
Crane Lake. Crane Lake is north of Beardstown. Rend Lake is south of Mt. Vernon, Carlyle Lake is south of Vandalia and Lake Shelbyville is southeast of Decatur.
|If you are in Delavan, which direction do you need to go to get to Peoria?||Illinois Geography
North. Delavan is south of Peoria, just west of Interstate 155.
True. They are all cities in Illinois but none are nearly as big as their more famous counterparts.
55,593 sq. miles. Illinois is the 24th largest state in terms of square miles.
|According to Rand McNally, how many miles is it between Chicago and St. Louis, MO?||Illinois Geography
300 miles. According to Rand McNally, Chicago and St. Louis are 300 miles apart.
1235 feet. Charles Mound is located in the northwestern corner of Illinois.
Illinois River. The Spoon and Sangamon Rivers empty into the Illinois river south of Peoria and the Chicago River empties into the Des Plaines River which is a tributary of the Illinois River near Joliet.
DeKalb. Evanston is the home of Northwestern University, Normal is the home of Illinois State University and Carbondale is the home of Southern Illinois University.
Knox County. Snakeden Hollow is in Knox County near Victoria
Aurora. Aurora, with a 2005 population of around 157,000 has taken over from Rockford as the largest city.
Belvidere in Boone County. Boone County in northern Illinois was not in the Eighth Circuit that was travelled by Lincoln, in central Illinois. The county seat of Woodford County was moved from Metamora to Eureka in 1894.
Ford. Ford County was established in 1859 and its county seat is in Paxton.
Chicago. Chicago was made the county seat of Cook County when the county was formed in 1831
f. The Lincoln Memorial is in Washington, D.C.