Illinois is the most populous state in the Midwest, however over half of its population is concentrated in Chicago, even though Springfield is the state capital. The rest of the state is fairly rural, and is known for its agricultural productivity, primarily soybeans, corn, hogs, cattle, wheat, oats and hay. Other natural resources include coal, timber and petroleum. Illinois is commonly noted as a microcosm of the US and has a reputation for impacting social, cultural and political topics. Despite the state's influence, it has been referred to as "The most average state." Three presidents have been elected whilst living in Illinois including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama.
Area: 52,419 sq mi (ranks 30th)
Governor: Pat Quinn
Largest cities: Chicago, Moline, Springfield