Illinois is the most populous in the Midwest, and the fifth most populous
in the nation. The state is named for the Illinois River which was named
by French explorers.
Because of its nearly 400 mile length and mid-continental situation, Illinois has
a widely varying climate. Monthly average temperatures range from a high of 88 °F in
the south during the month of August to a low of 10 °F in the
northwest during February.
Illinois's agricultural outputs are corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products, and wheat.
Chicago is the largest city in the state and the 3rd most populous city
in the United States. No matter what the season, Chicago is always ready to entertain.
Illinois Gay Issues:
1996 – Anti-same-sex marriage statute banned marriage for same-sex couples
Has domestic violence laws that are gender neutral
and include household members and dating partners
Has no sodomy laws.
Second-Parent Adoption For Gays And Lesbians
Appellate courts have ruled that the state adoption law permits second-parent adoption
Sexually Oriented Hate Crimes
Has hate crime laws that include crimes based in sexual orientation
Illinois Nondiscrimination Laws
2005 – Laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Some Illinois Cities:
Addison - Antioch - Berwyn - Bloomingdale - Carbondale - Champaign
Champaign-Urbana - Chicago - Decatur - Elk Grove - Evanston - Genoa
LaSalle - Mount Carroll - Oak Lawn - Peoria - Pontiac - Salem - Springfield
Tinley Park - Urbana - Utica - Waterloo - Wood River - Woodstock