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  1. Illinois Route 66 Museum and Visitors Center ... Carthage Visitors Bureau : 116 W 3rd St., Carthage, MO 64836 ... Galena, KS 66739

  2. Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat and largest city of Sangamon County.The city's population was 114,394 at the 2020 U.S. Census, which makes it the state's seventh most-populous city, the second largest outside of the Chicago metropolitan area (after Rockford), and the largest in central Illinois.

  3. Peoria (/ p i ˈ ɔːr i ə / pee-OR-ee-ə) is the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, United States, and the largest city on the Illinois River.As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 113,150.

  4. Northern Illinois University (NIU) was founded in DeKalb as the Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1895. NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with total enrollment around 20,000 (including about 16,000 undergraduates and 300 law school students), [21] [22] which makes NIU the third largest campus in Illinois. [16]

  5. Ottawa is known as the scenic gateway to Starved Rock State Park, the most popular state park in Illinois, with some 2 million visitors per year. The Fox River, which flows through communities like Elgin and Aurora, empties into the Illinois in downtown Ottawa. Ottawa is also home to one of the largest skydiving operations in the country ...

  6. The final campaign for Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States, began when the Union Army of the Potomac crossed the James River in June 1864. The armies under the command of Lieutenant General and General in Chief Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) laid siege to Petersburg, south of Richmond, intending to cut the two cities' supply lines and force the Confederates to evacuate.

  7. An extension University of Illinois was created in Danville in 1946. The extension became an independent junior college in 1949. The college, now called Danville Area Community College, acquired several historic buildings from the Veterans Administration which were renovated throughout the 1960s for educational purposes.

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