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Capital: Springfield

December 03, 1818 (21st state)

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Named for the Illinois Indians, this state is known as the "Land of Lincoln," because it's where the 16th president was raised. Illinois became the 21st state on December 3, 1818, and its capital is Springfield. At the northern edge of the state on Lake Michigan is Chicago, the nation's third largest city. Illinois state flower is the native violet.

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