by Joshua Brown

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by Wisconsin to the north, Iowa and Missouri to the west, Kentucky to the south, and Indiana to the east. The capital city of Illinois is Springfield while its largest city is Chicago. As of 2018, Illinois had an estimated population of 12.7 million people making it sixth most populous state in America after California, Texas , New York , Florida , and Pennsylvania .

The area now known as Illinois was first settled by Native Americans thousands of years ago before being claimed by French explorers Jacques Marquette & Louis Joliet who named their claim “Illinois Country” (“Land Of Illini”) after local Indian tribes called themselves Illiniwek or Inoka (plural). Later on parts were ceded from France back into British control until 1818 when Congress admitted Illinois as its 21st State alongside Alabama .

Known for its rich history & culture which has been shaped through centuries with influences ranging from Native American Tribes all way up till today’s African-American community; Today’s modern day residents enjoy world class educational system such universities like Northwestern University |University Of Chicago|Southern illinois university etc… And countless other institutions that are recognized globally for excellence in numerous fields ranging from medical sciences right up engineering & technology studies along side robust entertainment industry also taking part nation wide including music genres such Jazz/Blues /Rap/HipHop etc.. All this plus growing economy makes it great place live work play !

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