Fun Dining Fact: In 1921, with $700 of borrrowed money, the first White Castle opened, offering hamburgers at the price of $.05 a piece. In 1949, five holes were added to the burger to help the patties cook faster and more evenly—and eliminated the need to flip them.
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 Ronald Wilson Regan from Tampico became the 40th president of the United States in 1980.