Illinois, nicknamed the "Prairie State" and the "Inland Empire," is located in the Upper Midwest. It entered the Union on December 3, 1818, as the twenty-first state. Illinois is bordered on the east by Indiana, on the southeast by Kentucky, on the southwest by Missouri, and on the northwest by Wisconsin. The state's central location has made it into an important economic and cultural hub. One of the nation's greatest metropolitan areas is Chicago, the industrial powerhouse described by... więcej
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. 10p.