Area code 217
Area code 217 is the North American telephone area code for much of western and central Illinois. The 217 area code includes the Illinois capital Springfield, plus Champaign, Urbana, Decatur, Danville, Effingham, Quincy, and Rantoul. 217 was one of the original area codes, which were created in 1947.
Originally, 217 included most of Metro East, the Illinois side of the St. Louis area. However, a slight boundary shift in 1951 moved most of the southern portion of Metro East to 618, leaving the northern portion in 217. The only other significant change in 217's boundaries was in 1957, when its northern portion was combined with part of area code 815 to form area code 309. 
Other cities, villages, and towns in the 217 area code include:
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