Illinois Retirement Information

It is the 5th most populousstate, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base and is a major transportation hub.

The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports.

Three U.S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was the only US President born and raised in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, Land of Lincoln, which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954.The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in the state capital of Springfield.

Living In Illinois

Because of its nearly 400 miles length and mid-continental placement, Illinois has a widely varying climate. Most of Illinois has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cool to cold winters.

Tornadoes Average of 35 annually
Thunderstorms Averages around 50 days of activity a year
Hurricanes None
Earth quakes Extremely Rare
Wildfires Rare
Flooding Some along rivers
Tidal Surges None
Mud Slides Rare
Volcanoes None
Snow Yes, normal annual snowfall exceeds 38 inches in Chicago, while the southern portion of the state normally receives less than 14 inches.
Freezing Rain Yes
Cold Winds Yes
State Retirement Systems' of Illinois
Illinois Teachers Retirement System
Illinois Retirement Communities
Guide to Taxes on Retirees
Active Adult Retirement Communities
Illinois Retirement Guide
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