To the people, I say to you, the state song says it all;
“By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois,
O’er thy prairies verdant growing, Illinois, Illinois,
Comes an echo on the breeze.
Rustling through the leafy trees, and its mellow tones are these, Illinois, Illinois,
And its mellow tones are these, Illinois.
And its mellow tones are these, Illinois.”
What a treasure our state is. Rivers, forests, prairies and farm land… there’s so much beauty that’s uniquely Illinois, go look.
“From a wilderness of prairies, Illinois, Illinois,
Straight thy way and never varies, Illinois, Illinois,
Till upon the inland sea,
Stands thy great commercial tree, turning all the world to thee, Illinois, Illinois,
Turning all the world to thee, Illinois.
Turning all the world to thee, Illinois.”
Illinois leads, we are innovative, Illinois is a hub, be it transportation or transporting all that is great… from Illinois.
“When you heard your country calling, Illinois, Illinois,
Where the shot and shell were falling, Illinois, Illinois,
When the Southern host withdrew,
Pitting Gray against the Blue, there were none more brave than you, Illinois, Illinois,
There were none more brave than you, Illinois.
There were none more brave than you, Illinois.”
A big reminder; we led to unite our country, our people paid the high price, our leaders led the charge in battle and in the corridors of power, Illinois was no traitor, she was pushing to make America whole.
“Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois,
Can be writ the nation’s glory, Illinois, Illinois,
On the record of thy years,
Abraham Lincoln’s name appears, Grant and Logan, and our tears, Illinois, Illinois,
Grant and Logan, and our tears, Illinois.
Grant and Logan, and our tears, Illinois.”
Oh. If you’re gonna question our role, we have the receipts, and those who’s names are forever remembered on them.
“Eighteen-eighteen saw your founding, Illinois, Illinois,
And your progress is unbounding, Illinois, Illinois,
Pioneers once cleared the lands,
Where great industries now stand. World renown you do command, Illinois, Illinois,
World renown you do command, Illinois.
World renown you do command, Illinois.”
Don’t listen to the Illinois Policy Institute, other grifters, talking heads, angry folks without cause besides privileged, Illinois is viewed far different and with much more love towards her than those so willing to tear her down. Our great history and our place in the world is secured.
“Let us pledge in final chorus, Illinois, Illinois
That in struggles still before us, Illinois, Illinois
To our heroes we’ll be true,
As their vision we pursue. In abiding love for you, Illinois, Illinois.
In abiding love for you, Illinois.
In abiding love for you, Illinois.”
In this last stanza, it’s a reminder; we’ve been given something, it’s up to us to take the torch and press forward, in the same ways others did before, with a love… for Illinois.
I’d say… hear our state sing, read the lyrics, embrace our state. It’s really great.
Illinois is a diverse state demographically, politically and geographically. It has a rich history with ties to four presidents, including the one rated the best or second best by most historians. Illinois still ranks highly for education.
Also, IL doesn’t look a day older than 199.
P.S. You could be living in gun-toting, book burning and Covidiot controlled MO.
I would remind people of our turnaround agenda (heh): rebuilding our infrastructure, improving our fiscal outlook, favorability for corporate relocations, adequate state budgets, investing in childcare, protecting women’s and workers’ rights, raising wages, great schools, etc.
203 years old and we’re America in a black walnut nutshell–we’re urban, rural, industrial, technological, agricultural, transportation hub with great colleges, a national forest, one of the greatest cities in the world, deep red, bright blue, governors and a senator of both major political parties in the last decade, building our infrastructure as an investment in our future. We often focus on what’s wrong and where we want to improve, but so very many things to celebrate.
I absolutely love Illinois.
Growing up, I couldn’t wait to live somewhere else but going to college in Tennessee fixed that for me. I really appreciate what we have here.
Happy birthday, beautiful state.
===in order to restore Illinois to its greatness,…===
Help me out blue dog, when was this epic period of greatness that you seem nostalgic for? And all we have to do is replace the property tax with…what? Higher income taxes? I didn’t know you were such a fan of Pritzker’s graduated tax plan.
Jobs led to living in four other states. Moved back 20 years ago. Each of those states had strengths and plenty of the exact same issues facing Illinois. Never regretted leaving any of them. Coming back to Illinois for a job I loved and a terrific community was wonderful. If moving away solves whatever bothers you then good luck. The grass over the fence ain’t as green as it looks.