Fun Dining Fact: Nearly seven out of 10 adults (66 percent) visit a restaurant on their own or someone else's birthday, making this the most popular occasion to dine out, followed by Mother's Day (38 percent) and Valentine's Day (28 percent).
Illinois QuickInfo Est. Pop.: 12,632,893 Capital: Springfield Statehood: 1818 Nickname: Prairie State Motto: State Sovereignty, National Union Official Website Corporations Census Info Fun Il Factoid The NFL's Chicago Bears were first known as the "Staley Bears". They were organized in 1920, in Decatur.