Illinois is bordered by the Mississippi River, Lake Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Illinois agriculture is dominated by the staples: corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products, and wheat. It is also a major manufacturing center producing chemicals, machines, processed foods and fabricated metals among other things. Like many states as manufacturing declines, finance has come to play a bigger part in the economy. Chicago is a hub for banking and futures trading.
Famous people who call Illinois home include: Mary Astor, Harry Blackmun,Walt Disney, Betty Friedan, Walt Disney, John Dos Passos, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Sam Shepherd, Michele Obama, Carl Sandburg, David Mamet, Rock Hudson, Richard Prior, Gloria Swanson and many, MANY more!
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