State in the midwestern United States

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes Regions of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois has been noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

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George E. Hood, a 62-year-old former Marine who lives in Illinois, set a new Guinness World Record this month with a time of 8:15:15.
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A comprehensive cancer care center offering the second proton-beam therapy location in Illinois was approved by a state health board Tuesday.
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Guinness World Records certified 62-year-old George Hood's Feb. 15 planking record in Illinois. The official time: 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
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California, Nebraska and Illinois are the only U.S. states that can currently test for coronavirus, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) told..
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Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich maintained his innocence a day after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence for political corruption. He..
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A 70-foot grain silo in Geneseo, Illinois collapses during a controlled demolition in an almost peaceful way.
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Mr. Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois, spoke of having his sentence for corruption commuted by President Trump and described himself as a..
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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker proposed a $42 billion fiscal 2021 general funds budget on Wednesday that includes $1.4 billion in new revenue from a change in..
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Rod Blagojevich, a former Illinois governor forced out of office for trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, thanked President Donald Trump on..
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Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for..
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