Illinois’ vast, wide-ranging corn fields have earned it the moniker of “The Prairie State.” It’s also famous for Chicago’s deep-dish pizza and being the home of luminaries such as Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Miles Davis, and Ernest Hemingway. Most significantly, perhaps, is that it produced the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln.

Illinois is the U.S.’s second-flattest state (Florida is the first) and relies on manufacturing, coal mining, oil production, and agriculture for its income. It’s a prominent producer of corn, soybeans, and hogs and a hub for communication and transport thanks to its location near the Great Lakes. Chicago boasts a varied market and educated labor, making it a perfect place for small businesses to develop.

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