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Land of Lincoln - Adopted as Illinois' official slogan in 1955.
Prairie State - Sets aside the third full week in September each year as Illinois Prairie Week to demonstrate the value of preserving and reestablishing native Illinois prairies.
Origin of Name
Algonquin for “tribe of superior men”.
The state of Illinois was named after the Illinois River.
The river was named by French explorer Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle in 1679 after the Indians he found living along the banks.
Illinois is the French spelling for the Illinois and Peoria Indian word "iliniwok," meaning men or warriors and perhaps refering to members of the Illinois tribe.
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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Shawnee National Forest