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Last modified: 10/28/07

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Illinois Vacation Basic Facts

Illinois Bureau of Tourism, James R Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph Street #3-400, Chicago IL 60601; 312-814-4733; 800-2CONNECT; Fax: 312-814-6581. Email: Web:

State Amphibian: Eastern tiger salamander

State Animal: white-tailed deer

State Bird: cardinal

State Dance: square dance

State Fish: bluegill

State Flower: native violet

State Fossil: Tully monster

State Insect: monarch butterfly

State Mineral: fluorite

State Motto: State sovereignty, national union.

State Nickname: Land of Lincoln and Prairie State

State Prairie Grass: big bluestem

State Quarter:

State Reptile: painted turtle

State Seal:

State Slogan: Land of Lincoln and The Prairie State

State Snack Food: popcorn

State Song: Illinois

State Tree: white oak

State Capitals

Cahokia, Illinois Woodland Culture capital of the Illinois area.

Fort de Chartres Seat of French rule during the early 1720s.

Kaskaskia, Illinois Territorial capital (1809-1818).

Vandalia, Illinois State capital (1819-1839).

Springfield, Illinois Current capital of Illinois (1839-present).


Illinois; Chicago Stomps; Chicago, Chicago; The Night Chicago Died; Dearborn Street Breakdown.

State Specials

Cozy Dog Drive, Springfield, Illinois Corn dogs were invented here.

Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois The longest-running state fair in the U.S.

Museum of Funeral Customs,
1440 Monument Avenue, Springfield, Illinois 62702; 217-544-3480. Fax: 217-544-3484.

Illinois state law requires that single women address bachelors as master, not mister. It doesn't say what the men should call women.

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