Keyring Representing State of Illinois
Illinois is a French spelling for the Indian word “iliniwok” which means men or warriors and possibly refers to members of the Illinois tribe on the Illinois River.
The windy city of Chicago is home to:
- The first skyscraper which was built in 1885 and the first Aquarium which opened in 1893.
- The Sears Tower which is the tallest building in North America.
- The Chicago Water Tower & Pumping Station which were the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.
- Nabisco is the largest cookie & cracker factory where 16 million Oreo cookies were made in 1995 alone.
- Chicago’s Mercantile Exchange which is the only building with no internal steel skeleton and relies totally on the thickness of its walls to hold it up.
- Home of the Chicago Bears football team (originally known as the Staley Bears), Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Fire soccer team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, and two MLB teams; the White Sox and the Cubs.
Fun Facts and History of Illinois:
- Every St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago River is dyed green.
- The world’s largest library is the Chicago Public Library which has over 2 million books.
- The largest man-made like is in Carlyle.
- Springfield houses the National Historic Site of President and Mrs. Lincoln’s home and is also the state capital.
- The first McDonald’s opened in Des Plaines.
- The state dance is the square dance.
- Famous people include comic Jack Benny, author Ray Bradbury, actress Jenny Garth, tennis champ Jimmy Connors, model Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford, Betty Friedan, musician Miles Davis and Benny Goodman, astronomer George Hale, ice skater Dorothy Hamill, writer Ernest Hemingway, composer Quincy Jones, actors William Holden and Rock Hudson, singer Burl Ives, columnist Drew Pearson, Poet Carl Sandburg, Bill Murray, Bob Newhart, Raquel Welch, Richard Pryor, and former presidents Lincoln and Regan.
Illinois’s State Symbols as Souvenirs
The state seal of Illinois depicts the Bald Eagle carrying a shield in its talons that feature thirteen stars and thirteen stripes representing the early colonies. Appearing on the bottom arc of the seal is the date of Illinois’s statehood and first constitution; August 26, 1818. The banner in the Eagle’s beak reads “State Sovereignty, National Union.” The great seal is emblazoned onto a white background on the state flag with the state’s name under the seal. These symbols are portrayed on an acrylic key chain at internet store World-Wide-Gifts.