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Illinois was the 21st state to join the United States of America. Illinois officially joined on December 3rd, 1818. The capital city is Springfield, but the largest city is Chicago.

Here are some official state symbols to help you get to know Illinois better.

  • State Nickname - "Prairie State"
  • State Bird - Cardinal
  • State Animal - White-tailed Deer
  • State Flower - Illinois Native Violet
  • State Tree - White Oak
  • State Insect - Monarch Butterfly

Car Rental Illinois

Did you know that Illinois is the 25th biggest state in the USA? The territory spans 57,918 square miles. Drive along the Illinois River and visit places like Charles Mound and Rend Lake.