Chicago is an important transportation hub, as a port city and an airport hub at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, which was the busiest airport in the world for many years. The economy of Illinois is largely based on the agriculture and manufacturing sectors. The state's main agricultural products are corn and soybeans, as well as pigs, cows, and dairy. Illinois has been an industrial center since the industrial revolution, and produces chemicals, machinery, food, metals, transportation, plastics, and electronics.
Illinois is a significant state in US politics, as a microcosm of the country, meaning its demographics reflect those of the entire country. Additionally several US presidents have ties to the state, and three presidents were elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Illinois pays tribute to its connection to Lincoln with its nickname, Land of Lincoln, and the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in the capital.
Last Updated on : February 05, 2013