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History of Illinois

Try to answer these questions about the history of the state of Illinois.
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First submittedMay 26, 2017
Last updatedOctober 17, 2017
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What President was born in a Kentucky log cabin, but built his political career in Illinois?
Abraham Lincoln
What city was that President a resident of?
Springfield
What 1871 disaster was falsely blamed on an Irishwoman's cow kicking over a lantern?
Great Chicago Fire
What Illinois resident became the first African-American President in 2008?
Barack Obama
What Civil War general lived in Galena, Illinois?
Ulysses S. Grant
What was the world's tallest building from 1973-1998?
Sears Tower
What Chicago talk show host is currently the richest African-American person?
Oprah Winfrey
Who was the Chicago area's most notorious gangster during Prohibition?
Al Capone
And what "untouchable" federal agent brought him down?
Elliot Ness
What team was accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series?
Black Sox
What "shoeless" player was the best player on that team?
Shoeless Joe Jackson
What industry was centered around Chicago's Union Stock Yards?
Meatpacking
What Illinois socialist ran for President five times, winning 6% of the vote in 1912?
Eugene V. Debs
What event, also known as the Columbian Exposition, was held in Chicago in 1893?
World's Fair
What Italian physicist built the world's first nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago?
Enrico Fermi
What ethnic community celebrates Casimir Pulaski day on the first Monday of every year?
Polish Community
What Mormon prophet was mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois and was killed by an angry mob?
Joseph Smith
What historic highway starts in Chicago and ends in Santa Monica, California?
Route 66
What genre of music was played by Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy?
Blues
What notable novelist was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899 before traveling to
Missouri, Italy, France, Spain, Cuba, and Africa?
Ernest Hemingway
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level 62
May 27, 2017
Typo in the Oprah hint: currently
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May 28, 2017
Fixed
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level 62
May 27, 2017
Should be renamed History of Chicago.
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level 70
May 29, 2017
Not much really happens in Danville, or Rockford, or Effingham. There's Chicago, the suburbs, and 'downstate.' In that order of impact and historical note.
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level 73
May 30, 2017
Yeah...and as someone who lives "Downstate" we friggin' hate that. There is a certain disdain that we have for Chicago down here. It's the Chicago representatives that are constantly holding up the budget from passing (we are 2 years and counting removed from an actual budget) among other big problems that they cause for the rest of the state.
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level 70
May 30, 2017
A fair enough complaint, but then again the Chicago metro area contains 74% of the population of Illinois, so they're always going to be the ones that determine the direction the state goes.
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level 77
Oct 14, 2017
yeah if only Illinois were not so burdened with a large wealthy urban center it could be more like Arkansas, Alabama, or Mississippi.
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level 61
Oct 14, 2017
Yeah, I live in Illinois, and I'm trying to think of stuff happening downstate that would be fair game for trivia. Ronald Reagan is the only president born in Illinois. He attended Eureka College in Peoria...and that's pretty much all I can think of. I believe L. Frank Baum, the author of the WIzard of Oz books, lived here too, but I think that was in a suburb of Chicago. And, per kalbahamut's point, the vast majority of the state's population, economy, and academic horse power is in Chicago, so...yeah. It' heavy on Chicago questions. I don't know what question about Rock Island anybody could answer.
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level 67
Oct 14, 2017
As a lifelong suburbanite who has recently moved to the far western edge of the state, there's plenty of fertile ground for trivia outside of Chicagoland. How about the governor that went to jail for trying to sell a Senate seat? Yes, I know he was from Chicagoland eventually, but his tenure as governor took place downstate. How about the former governor who went to jail because his office was selling illegal driver's licenses when he was Secretary of State? How about something to do with Illini sports? The Lincoln-Douglas debates?
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level 54
Oct 14, 2017
I know that comment by kalbahamut was supposed to be sarcastic, but I generally agree with it on a serious note. Chicago is a scary place to be, and I can see it heading down the path of Detroit and Cleveland (East Cleveland=sketchy level over 9000)
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
Caterpillar is a major global company, John Deere invented a revolutionary tool, the deadliest tornado in U.S. history wiped out a grammar school, the U.S. arsenal at Rock Island, the historic but nearly vacant major Mississippi / Ohio River junction port city of Cairo, Little Egypt towns, Shawnee National Park, Giant City State Park, Starved Rock, Steak 'n Shake, various famous natives like Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, Burl Ives, Betty Friedan, John Malkovich, Gene Hackman, Wyatt Earp, James Earl Ray, George Ferris (Wheel), Buddy Ebsen, Jimmy Connors, Alison Krauss, Carl Sandburg, what else do you want from downstate?
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level 65
Apr 9, 2018
I thought he at least mixed in some other areas of the state a bit. I grew up in Illinois and I got 100%, I think the hardest clue was EV Debs.
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level 66
Oct 14, 2017
Isn't the baseball team called the White Sox? I thought the scandal and the movie was called the Black Sox.
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level 61
Oct 14, 2017
Yes, that is correct. "Black Sox" is the term pejoratively applied to that particular team to connote their cheating. The team itself was (and is still) called the White Sox.
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level 54
Oct 14, 2017
Even though I hate baseball I still know that Black Sox is a scandal and not a team.
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level 79
Oct 15, 2017
Joseph Smith was killed in Carthage, not Nauvoo.
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Oct 17, 2017
Fixed
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level 78
Oct 17, 2017
Read it as "Muslim Prophet" - d'oh!