||The word Illinois comes from the French word meaning "Illini or Land of Illini.
It is an Algonquin word meaning "Men" or "Warriors." Illinois was discovered in
1673, settled in 1720 and entered the Union on 3 December, 1818. Illinois is surrounding by bodies of water
on nearly every border: Mississippi River on the west; Ohio and Wabash Rivers in the south and Lake
Michigan in the North. The States that border Illinois are: Kentucky,
Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Indiana. The first Railroad train crossed the Mississippi River on the river's
first bridge in Rock Island, Illinois on 21 April, 1856. The highest point in Illinois is Charles Mound in
JoDaviess County, elevation, 1, 235 and the lowest point is in Cairo, Alexander county at the Mississippi River,