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Illinois is the most populuous state in the Midwest region of the US, and 5th most populous state over all. The state includes a mix of both rural and urban areas, including Chicago which is the United States' third largest city.
Important education institutions in Illinois include Northwestern University (in Evanston), the University of Chicago (in Chicago) and the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign (in Champaign).
Some of the major companies that have based their headquarters in Illinois are Abbott Laboratories (in Abbott Park), Allstate (in Northbrook), Archer Daniels Midland (in Decatur), Boeing (in Chicago), Caterpiller (in Peoria), Deere (in Moline), Exelon (in Chicago), Kraft Foods (in Northfield), McDonald's Corporation (in Oak Brook), Motorola (in Schaumburg), Sara Lee (in Chicago), Sears, Roebuck and Company (in Hoffman Estates), State Farm Insurance (in Bloomington), UAL (in Elk Grove Township) and Walgreens (in Deerfield).
Major airports in Illinois include Chicago Midway International Airport, and O'Hare International Airport, both of which are in Chicago.
Professional sports teams in Illinois include the Chicago Bears (American football in the NFL) in Chicago, the Chicago Blackhawks (ice hockey in the NHL) in Chicago, the Chicago Bulls (National Basketball Association) in Chicago, the Chicago Cubs (Major League Baseball) in Chicago, Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer) in Bridgeview, the Chicago White Sox (Major League Baseball) in Chicago, the Chicago Wolves (ice hockey in the AHL) in Rosemont, the Joilet JackHammers (Northern League baseball) in Joilet, the Kane County Cougars (Midwest League baseball) in Geneva, the Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League baseball) in Peoria, the Peoria Rivermen (ice hockey in the AHL) in Peoria, the Quad City Flames (ice hockey in the AHL) in Moline, the Rockford IceHogs (ice hockey in the AHL) in Rockford, and the Schaumburg Flyers (Northern League baseball) in Schaumburg.
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