|1.||Ill., Abbreviation: IL a state of the N central US, in the Midwest: consists of level prairie crossed by the Illinois and Kaskaskia Rivers; mainly agricultural. Capital: Springfield. Pop: 12 653 544 (2003 est). Area: 144 858 sq km (55 930 sq miles)|
|2.||a river in Illinois, flowing SW to the Mississippi. Length: 439 km (273 miles)|
|1.||a city in S Massachusetts, on the Connecticut River: the site of the US arsenal and armoury (1794--1968), which developed the Springfield and Garand rifles. Pop: 152 157 (2003 est)|
|2.||a city in SW Missouri. Pop: 150 867 (2003 est)|
|3.||a city in central Illinois, capital of the state: the home and burial place of Abraham Lincoln. Pop: 113 586 (2003 est)|
State in the north-central United States bordered on the north by Wisconsin, the east by Indiana, the south by Kentucky, and the west by Missouri and Iowa. Its capital is Springfield, and its largest city is Chicago.
Note: Known as the “Land of Lincoln” because Abraham Lincoln began his political career there.