State Quiz - Illinois

Can you guess these facts about the U.S. state of Illinois?
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Last updated: August 30, 2020
First submittedJuly 19, 2015
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Most populous city
State capital
State nickname
Land of Lincoln
Illinois is located in this
region of the U.S.
… and is part of this industrial "belt"
Rust Belt
What species is Sue?
(found at the Field Museum)
River on the western border
Mississippi River
Former highway that stretched
from Illinois to the California coast
Route 66
Stadium where the Cubs play
Wrigley Field
Fill in the blank with the name
of a city
Will it Play in
Blue-collar sitcom set in
the fictional town of Lanford
The only U.S. President born in Illinois
Ronald Reagan
1920s gangster who lived in Cicero
Al Capone
Great Lake that Illinois borders
Lake Michigan
City where "Wayne's World" happened
University in Evanston
This city is prounounced Care-O
City joined at the hip to Champaign
Robert Wadlow, born in Alton in 1918,
was the _____ man of all time
Four recent governors of Illinois have
ended up going here
Level 74
Jul 21, 2015
Since I'm not from around these parts, could someone please explain the Peoria clue?
Level 45
Aug 26, 2015
I live in Peoria. The saying basically says if it can play in Peoria it can play basically anywhere. (Referring to plays and movies and such)
Level 65
Aug 10, 2015
If it plays in Peoria is a cliché type of phrase on whether a movie or a play will be any good. Stone to the bone Chicagoan, but a great point noted..."just outside Chicago is a place called Illinois".
Level 78
Aug 26, 2015
It became a popular phrase during the era of Vaudeville. It's not necessarily whether or not it will be any good, but whether it will appeal to dull, mainstream Americans. Supposedly if they like it, anyone will like it.
Level 75
Aug 26, 2015
"Will it play in this city?" All I could think of is the World Series and NO.
Level 72
Feb 19, 2017
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Level 78
Aug 26, 2015
Nothing about the Sucker State?
Level 66
Aug 26, 2015
I'm from illinois and i don't even know some of these lol
Level 21
Mar 22, 2017
Level 71
Jan 27, 2017
Didn't know the sitcom....I don't watch much traditional network TV
Level 65
Sep 7, 2019
Maybe you could add a question about the four governors who were sentenced to prison in a span of less than 40 years. Good times. Also, the official state nickname is actually the Prairie State. Nobody calls it that though...
Level ∞
Aug 30, 2020
Added that one! I've been watching the Illinois/Chicago slow motion trainwreck with great interest. I personally believe that the state should cut taxes by a large amount. Its inevitable that both Illinois and Chicago will have to declare bankruptcy or get bailed out by the Federal Reserve. The sooner this happens, the better. Before even more people leave the state....
Level 80
Aug 30, 2020
Charles Dickens pronounced Cairo a "dismal swamp". 150 years later, it looked the same to me.
Level 83
Aug 31, 2020
I found it to be a cheerful swamp.
Level 72
Sep 2, 2020
I think KAY-roe is a more accurate pronunciation. Practically a ghost town.
Level 80
Sep 5, 2020
Grew up near the town. Heard it pronounced both ways. But it's never "ki-ro" like the city in Egypt. Southern Illinois is nicknamed Little Egypt, so hence the name. Always found it strange, being at the confluence of two major rivers (Mississippi & Ohio), that it never really grew. Though in the mid-19th century it was bustling.
Level 65
Sep 7, 2020
Should mention John Hughes.
Level 67
Nov 1, 2020
Guessed penitentiary...ugh!