Fun Dining Fact: Although Harland Sanders opened his first restaurant—Sanders Court & Cafe in Corbin, Kentucky—the first actual KFC franchise was opened by Pete Harman in Salt Lake City in 1952. A handshake agreement stipulated a payment of a nickel to Sanders for each chicken sold.
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 In 1905, president of the Chicago Cubs filed charges against a fan in the bleachers for catching a fly ball and keeping it.