Illinois

Capital: Springfield
Illinois Flag

Facts & Statistics

STATE STATISTICS 
Population 2012
12,873,763
Population 2013 12,890,552
Population 2014 12,880,580
Below Poverty 2011 14.2
Below Poverty 2012 12.6
Below Poverty 2013 13.3
Below Poverty 2014  N/A
Employment - Population Ratio 2012 59.9
Employment - Population Ratio 2013 59.8
Employment - Population Ratio 2014 60.7
Unemployed 2011 9.0
Unemployed 2012 9.4
Unemployed 2013 9.1
Unemployed 2014 7.1
Foreclosure Rate 2014 1 of 771
STATE FACTS
The four stars on the Chicago flag represent Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire, the World's Columbian Exposition, and the Century of Progress Exposition.
The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885.
Before Abraham Lincoln was elected president he served in the Illinois legislature and practiced law in Springfield. Lincoln is buried just outside Springfield at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site.