Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln, which is a phrase that has been copyrighted for exclusive use by the State of Illinois. Before Abraham Lincoln was elected as president, he served in the Illinois legislature and practiced law in Springfield, which is located near the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site.
Abraham Lincoln is not the only celebrated public figure recognized in the State of Illinois, there is a statue of Superman in the town of Metropolis, Illinois. The city of Metropolis embraces the title of “Hometown of Superman”. The local newspaper is “The Planet” and the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce used to hand out packets of “kryptonite” to kids who would visit the city.
Illinois is ranked number 31, in our United States of Energy series, in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $11.52 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants in Illinois consist of coal, hydroelectric and natural gas. A central location and well-developed infrastructure make Illinois a key transportation hub for crude oil and natural gas moving throughout North America.
Did you know? In 1942, Enrico Fermi and a small group of scientists and engineers demonstrated that a simple construction of graphite bricks and uranium lumps could produce controlled heat. The first nuclear fission reactor was a squash court under the football stadium at the University of Chicago.
We could have an entire fun fact segment just on Chicago alone so I will just share a few pieces of information. Chicago is known as the Windy City and is the third largest city in the United States. The Chicago River is dyed green on Saint Patrick’s Day and last, but not least Power2Switch is located in Chicago J
There are many more fun facts on Chicago and the State of Illinois… feel free to share!