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Illinois True or False

Can you guess whether these statements about the state of Illinois are true or false?
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Last updated: September 15, 2023
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First submittedSeptember 15, 2023
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1. Chicago is the capital of Illinois
True
False
Springfield is the capital
2. Abraham Lincoln was born in Illinois
True
False
Lincoln was born in Kentucky. Ronald Reagan was the only U.S. President born in Illinois.
3. Illinois borders the Mississippi River
True
False
4. The S in Illinois is silent
True
False
5. Illinois was home to the world's first nuclear reactor
True
False
Chicago Pile-1 became the world's first self-sustaining nuclear reaction in 1942
6. Illinois is known as "The Prairie State"
True
False
Before European settlement, about 60% of the state's area was covered by prairies. Little remains today.
7. "Ghostbusters" took place in the state of Illinois
True
False
It happened in New York City
8. Peoria is a city in Illinois
True
False
9. Since the year 2000, the population of Illinois has more than doubled
True
False
Illinois eked out a very small gain from 2000–2022. For the last few years, the population has decreased.
10. The northeast part of the state is the most populated
True
False
11. Illinois once had the world's tallest building
True
False
The Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world from 1973–1998
12. Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz beer all comes from Illinois
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False
They come from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
13. Illinois is home to Northwestern University
True
False
14. Illinois was the home of Robert Wadlow - the tallest man in history
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False
Robert Wadlow lived in Alton, Illinois. At his death at age 22, he was 8 ft 11 (2.72 m) in height.
15. East St. Louis is known as a wealthy suburb of St. Louis
True
False
East St. Louis is one of the poorest cities in the U.S.
13 Comments
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Level 69
Sep 16, 2023
Good quiz, I especially like the last question.
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Level 75
Mar 6, 2024
Er, why would you "especially like" that question?
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Level 92
Sep 17, 2023
Had to guess on tallest man question, but knew the rest. Being a Midwesterner helped.
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Level 77
Sep 19, 2023
I've been to his statue in Alton. There's not much to do here south of I-80 :-)
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Level 89
Sep 18, 2023
I love the fact that there's a question on a true/false quiz that only 33% got right.
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Level 77
Sep 19, 2023
I think it's probably because some people think the official state nickname is "Land of Lincoln."
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Level 75
Oct 30, 2023
That was what made me click "false."
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Level 76
Sep 26, 2023
I got 5/15 correct on this true/false quiz

:(

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Level 72
Oct 30, 2023
On the other hand, some people pronounce it differently; take a listen to Otis Rush, who rhymes it with "boys": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxbT3QNfUdo
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Level 39
Nov 1, 2023
But...mispronouncing it "publicly" doesn't make him correct. Take it from a native Midwesterner...the "s" is silent.
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Level 40
Nov 3, 2023
I live in Illinois and everyone pronounces it without the S too.
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Level 71
Nov 12, 2023
A friend from Illinois told me to remember it this way, "There's no NOISE in ILLINOIS."
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Level 53
Oct 30, 2023
Illinois resident here. I wouldn't settle for anything less than 100%.

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