The Prairie State

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is the 6th-most populous U.S. state and 25th-largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in northern and central Illinois, and natural resources such as coal, timber and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports around the world from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway on the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River and the Wabash River form part of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

Birthplace of

Frank Knight, Frank Hyneman Knight, in White Oak, McLean County, on 7 Nov 1885
Paul L. Poirot, on 1915
Gordon Tullock, in Rockford, on Feb 1922
Leland B. Yeager, in Oak Park, on 4 Nov 1924

Deathplace of

Gary Becker, in Chicago, on 3 May 2014
Voltairine de Cleyre, in Chicago, on 20 Jun 1912
Frank Knight, in Chicago, on 15 Apr 1972
George Stigler, in Chicago, on 1 Dec 1991

Conferences and Conventions

Libertarian Party of Illinois, 2005 LPI Convention, in Springfield, from 19 Feb to 20 Feb 2005
Libertarian Party of Illinois, Libertarian Party of Illinois 2006 Convention — Sweet Land of Liberty, in Springfield, from 15 Sep to 17 Sep 2006
Libertarian Party of Illinois, 2005 LPI Nominating Convention, in Springfield, from 11 Nov to 13 Nov 2005

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Illinois | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 44, fiscal policy rank: 48, regulatory policy rank: 40, personal freedom rank: 19, economic freedom rank: 44
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers, Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 576

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Illinois" as of 31 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.