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Discovering and Moving to Illinois

Moving to Illinois

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Illinois

Illinois happens to be one of the more perfect places to relocate to. In what other state can you get an excellent education with a wide variety of universities colleges and experience numerous cultures in any area of the state? Illinois also provides a good deal of entertainment for family and education along with many eating and shopping experiences.

The state also provides a diversity of family programs such as the Kidcare program. The Kidcare program provides advantages for pregnant women and children less than 18 years of age. Kidcare is a program of health insurance available for no or little cost to enrollees. There is also LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). The program was designed to assist low-income households who are eligible pay for energy services during the winter.

French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, in 1673, were the first Europeans of record to visit the region. In 1699 French settlers established the first permanent settlement at Cahokia, near present-day East St. Louis. Great Britain obtained the region at the end of the French and Indian Wars in 1763. The area figured prominently in frontier struggles during the Revolutionary War and in Indian wars during the early 19th century.

Significant episodes in the state's early history include the influx of settlers following the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825; the Black Hawk War, which virtually ended the Indian troubles in the area; and the rise of Abraham Lincoln from farm laborer to president.


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