2. Illinois is second in corn production, 5th in population, and 25th in area in the United States.
3. One of the state's nicknames is "Land of Lincoln." (You can find the other nickname on our other blog)
6. In the mid 1980s, we spent several days in Vandalia while our car was being repaired. We are glad Abraham Lincoln led a group of state senators to move the state capital from there to Springfield in 1837.