Illinois Facts



State Abbreviation IL
Statehood December 3, 1818
State Capital Springfield
State Size Total (Land + Water): 57,914 sq miles; Land Only: 55,584 sq miles
Number of Counties 102
State Population (2010)12,830,632
Electoral Votes20
State Quarter Issue Date January 2, 2003
State Motto State sovereignty, national union
State Flower Violet
State Bird Cardinal
Nickname Prairie State
State Flag Illinois State Flag
Area Codes 217, 224, 309, 312, 331, 447, 464, 618, 630, 708, 730, 773, 779, 815, 847, 872
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Chicago (2,695,598)
Aurora (197,899)
Rockford (152,871)
Joliet (147,433)
Naperville (141,853)
Major Sports Teams MLB: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox
NFL: Chicago Bears
NBA: Chicago Bulls
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks




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