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Illinois prairie - click to see all state nicknames
Black-eyed Susans and pale purple coneflower (restored prairie, McLean County, Illinois); photo by Tim (tlindenbaum) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). All State Nicknames.

The Prairie State

The nickname for Illinois is The Prairie State. The North American prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth. The grasslands of North America began to form about 20 million years ago, but in some areas up to 99 percent of the prairie has been destroyed (in just the last 125-150 years). Wildflowers are the jewels of public lands - tread lightly, take only photos and memories - do not pick flowers or dig up plants. Illinois also recognizes a state prairie grass (big bluestem).

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