It was on December 3, 1818, that Illinois became the 21st state of the United States of America . . .
SAGE WORDS ~
"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."
~ Abraham Lincoln
A map of what Illinois looked like in 1818.