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Illinois (i/ˌɪlɨˈnɔɪ/ il-i-noy) is the fifth-most populous state of the United States of America, and is often noted for being a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a broad economic base. Illinois is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. As the "most average state", Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

In the 1810s, settlers began arriving from Kentucky. In 1818 Illinois achieved statehood. The state's population originally grew from south to north. Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan.Railroads and John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois' rich prairie into some of the world's most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration established a large community of African Americans in Chicago that created the city's famous jazz and blues cultures.

Three U.S. Presidents have been elected while living in Illinois — Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Additionally, President Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was actually the only US President born and raised in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, Land of Lincoln, which is displayed on its license plates.

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Matching Illinois Colleges

Name
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Four or more years; Public; $27,219 average out-state tuition; $11,847 average in-state tuition
Northwestern University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,592 average out-state tuition; $41,592 average in-state tuition
University of Illinois at Chicago
Four or more years; Public; $22,172 average out-state tuition; $9,879 average in-state tuition
University of Chicago
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,853 average out-state tuition; $41,853 average in-state tuition
DePaul University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $30,000 average out-state tuition; $30,000 average in-state tuition
Loyola University-Chicago
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $32,200 average out-state tuition; $32,200 average in-state tuition
Northern Illinois University
Four or more years; Public; $16,981 average out-state tuition; $7,605 average in-state tuition

Illinois College Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program $2500 February 01, 2015
ASSE Northeastern Illinois Chapter Scholarship $2000 December 01, 2014
IPLSA Scholarship $1000 November 15, 2014
CPA Exam Award - Illinois CPA Society $750 September 15, 2014
IPLSA Community College Scholarship $500 November 15, 2014
Ernest Morgan Memorial Scholarship Varies March 15, 2015
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