Fun Dining Fact: The popular Subway sandwich stores got their name from the first store, which was originally named Pete's Super Submarines. The name was eventually changed to Subway. Part of the reason was that when dropping the "Super" for a radio ad, the shortened version sounded too much like "Pizza Marines," and resulted in a number of customers calling to ask what types of pizza they served.
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 Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. 1865