30 Facts About Chicago Illinois

1. Chicago Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans, corn, and hogs.

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2. In the field of higher education, Chicago Illinois offers a wide array of opportunity, and its academic excellence is often noted.

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3. Chicago Illinois has three levels of local government—county, township, and municipal—plus many special districts.

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4. Chicago Illinois has 11 nuclear power reactors, more than any other state.

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5. Chicago Illinois is noted for pork and dairy products, grains, and livestock.

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6. Chicago Illinois has population characteristics similar to those of the country as a whole: cities continue to lose whites to suburban areas, while both the number and proportion of African Americans and Latinos within the larger cities have increased.

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7. Chicago Illinois is drained by as many as 900 streams emptying mostly into the Mississippi River system.

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8. Chicago Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818 and was the 21st state to enter the Union.

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9. Chicago Illinois had two other state capitals before Springfield, Kaskaskia and Vandalia.

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10. Chicago Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th amendment to abolish slavery.

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11. Chicago Illinois is home to the world's largest bottle of catsup.

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12. Chicago Illinois has the distinction of having the most primary interstates pass through it among all the 50 states with 13 (with the new addition of Interstate 41 near Wisconsin).

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13. Chicago Illinois has an extensive passenger and freight rail transportation network.

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14. Chicago Illinois is a Democratic stronghold, and it is considered one of the most Democratic states in the US.

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15. The government of Chicago Illinois has numerous departments, agencies, boards and commissions, but the so-called code departments provide most of the state's services.

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16. The Chicago Illinois Compiled Statutes are the codified statutes of a general and permanent nature.

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17. Chicago Illinois has numerous museums; the greatest concentration of these are in Chicago.

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18. As of September 2009, Chicago Illinois had 1116.06 MW of installed wind power nameplate capacity with another 741.9 MW under construction.

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19. Chicago Illinois has seen growing interest in the use of wind power for electrical generation.

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20. Chicago Illinois is a leading refiner of petroleum in the American Midwest, with a combined crude oil distillation capacity of nearly 900,000 barrels per day.

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21. As of 2011, Chicago Illinois is ranked as the 4th-most productive manufacturing state in the country, behind California, Texas, and Ohio.

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22. Chicago Illinois has one of the largest concentrations of Missouri Synod Lutherans in the United States.

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23. Chicago Illinois averages approximately 51 days of thunderstorm activity a year, which ranks somewhat above average in the number of thunderstorm days for the United States.

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24. Chicago Illinois has a climate that varies widely throughout the year.

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25. In 1961, Chicago Illinois became the first state in the nation to adopt the recommendation of the American Law Institute and pass a comprehensive criminal code revision that repealed the law against sodomy.

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26. Chicago Illinois had a prominent role in the emergence of the nuclear age.

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27. Chicago Illinois manufactured 6.1 percent of total United States military armaments produced during World War II, ranking seventh among the 48 states.

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28. The current spelling form, Chicago Illinois, began to appear in the early 1670s, when French colonists had settled in the western area.

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29. Chicago Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars.

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30. Chicago Illinois schools join national effort to close achievement gaps, produce more college degrees ».

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