The Origin and Meaning of the
The history, origin and meaning of each of the nicknames are
The official nickname alludes to Prairie grasses that one covered
the land. Prairies consist of a vast area of flat or rolling
grassland that is predominantly without trees, typically found in
the plains of central America.
The Land of Lincoln nickname was designated in 1955 and is an apt
name because this is where Abraham Lincoln began his political
refers to Illinois as the state where Abraham Lincoln began his
political career. This name is the Official State Slogan of
Illinois, designated in 1955. Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky
and lived in Indiana before moving to Illinois where he was elected
to 4 terms in the Illinois General Assembly from 1834-1841. He
became President of America in 1861 when he was a resident of the
The Inland Empire is a highly ambitious nickname that was intended
to denote intentions of the people to become both culturally
distinct and to build a large-scale business enterprise.
The reference to rain is self explanatory. The Southern areas
typically receive 40inches of rain each year and the Northern areas
typically receive 34 inches of rain each year.
The reference to Corn reflects the main crop raised. The climate is
good for crop growth in which the hot summers help plants grow and
the cold winters help soil replenish itself. Most of the corn is
used for livestock feed, but corn is also used for ethanol (a fuel
additive), plastics and foods.