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ILLINOIS  
CHICAGO  
AREA 57,918 sq miles
CAPITAL Springfield
FAMOUS DATES Organized as territory: Feb. 3, 1809 Entered Union (rank): Dec. 3, 1818 (21) Present constitution adopted: 1970
LOCATION 39.781N, 089.644W
MEAN ELEVATION  
HIGHEST POINT Charles Mound; 1235 feet, 45th
LOWEST POINT Mississippi River; 279 feet, 33rd
COUNTIES 102
COASTLINE  
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER  
STATE FOSSIL  
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE  
STATE ROCK  
STATE GEMSTONE  
STATE FLAG The Illinois flag is a simple representation of the Great Seal of Illinois against a white background. In 1969, the General Assembly voted to add the word "ILLINOIS" under the Great Seal of the flag. The State's name was added to the flag to ensure that people not familiar with the Great Seal of Illinois would still recognize the banner. Flag adopted 1915.
STATE COLORS  
STATE SEAL  
STATE SLOGAN Please Don't Pronounce the "S"
STATE MOTTO State sovereignty, national union
STATE SONG “Illinois” (1925)
STATE TREE white oak (1973)
STATE BIRD cardinal (1929)
STATE ANIMAL white-tailed deer (1982)
STATE FISH bluegill (1987)
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES Prairie State
STATE FLOWER violet (1908)
BORDERING STATES Indiana Iowa Michigan Kentucky Missouri Wisconsin

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