Illinois was the 21st state to join the union. It became a state on December 3, 1818.
Capital - Springfield
Abbreviation - IL
Nickname - Prairie State
Motto - State Sovereignty, National Union
Song - "Illinois"
Bird - Cardinal
Flower - Illinois Native (Purple) Violet
Insect - Monarch Butterfly
Area - approximately 57,918 square miles
Websites for studying about Illinois
Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about Illinois
Fun Educational Activities
Information about Illinois. State study guides have been added to the Fast Facts pages
From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Illinois
Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of Illinois resources.
From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.
Facts & Trivia about Illinois
Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Illinois
Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Illinois.
Illinois Virtual Field Trips
Art Institute of Chicago
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site