'''Illinois''' is a state in the Midwestern [[United States]], bordered by [[Wisconsin]] to the north, Lake Michigan (one of the Great Lakes) to the northeast, [[Indiana]] to the east, the westernmost portion of [[Kentucky]] to the south, and [[Iowa]] and [[Missouri]] to the west.
By far the largest city in Illinois is [[Chicago]], located on the shore of Lake Michigan in the northeast corner of the state. With a population of over 9,500,000 (metropolitan area), it is the third-largest city in the [[United States]].
Other major cities in Illinois include:
* [[Aurora]]* [[Bloomington]]* [[Champaign-Urbana]]
* [[East St. Louis]], across the Mississippi River from [[St. Louis]], [[Missouri]]
* [[Springfield (Illinois)|Springfield]], the state capitol