state-hood,CAPITAL, NICKNAME- THE PRAIRIE STATE SPRINGFIELD DECEMBER 5TH 1818.
Bird- Its state bird is the northern cardinal
nickname- its nickname is called the prairie state.
Bordering states Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky Missouri, Iowa.
Population- 12,882,135 people.
Sports teams- Chicago Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, White sox, Bulls.
History- Pullman, Dana Thomas house, International museum of surgical science, Morrow plots.
Topography- lots of high ranges many lakes.
You should pick Illinois because it has the best city, best sport teams (except the Bears this year). Come to Illinois the home of world series champs. And where president elect DONALD TRUMP! lives.