Illinois, with 34,620 residents, becomes the twenty-first state. Kaskaskia is the capital. Most people live in the south along rivers and forested areas. The prairies are largely unsettled and Chicago is a village. Rockford was not yet established.
Illinois celebrated its 100th year with close to 6,000,000 residents. The State Capital is located in Springfield. Chicago was no longer a village, with a population of 2,000,000. Rockford's population was approximately 65,000.