Talk:Illinois Article

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Former good articleIllinois was one of the good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
Article milestones
May 29, 2006 Peer reviewReviewed
September 10, 2006 Good article reassessmentDelisted
May 8, 2007 Peer reviewReviewed
Current status: Delisted good article
·history·watch·refresh  Stock post message.svg To-do list for Illinois:

Primary goal: Featured Article status

  • Minimize the lists, point to full list elsewhere.
  • Expand transportation section since Illinois is a crossroads.
  • Add an Agriculture sub-section of the Economy section, focusing on Corn, Soybeans and maybe some byproducts Biodiesel / Ethanol fuel etc.
  • Expand recreation.
  • Expand culture / demographics section to include more than just numbers.
  • Find / make a free / public domain image depicting climate data.
  • Nominate for Peer review then Featured Article when ready.
  • Change in opening paragraph: Cahokia is in the southern half of Illinois, across the Mississippi from St. Louis, MO

Quad Cities

Im certain most Quad Citians would say they are Central Illinoisans. If you aren't a part of the Chicago metro area, its generally considered offensive to be called anything close to Chicago.

The division of Illinois into three "geographic areas", Northern, Central, and Southern is completely arbitrary and there is no general agreement on the boundaries between those "geographic areas". Southern Illinois is somewhat geologically and culturally distinct, but there are differing opinions as to where the line between Central and Southern Illinois lies. The line between Northern and Central Illinois is completely subjective unless "Northern Illinois" is defined as being the Chicago metropolitan area. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ( talk) 19:52, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Etymology section not up to standards again

The statements seem to be contradictory. The etymology is explained and then retracted with the statement "this is not supported in the etymology" w/o citation. Marked it as citation needed. Without any other sources, the etymology looks fine and a version that reflected that (w/o the insertion of an uncited retraction) was in the archived discussion of this section. What gives? Needs cleaning up.

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Demographics section

Dear Fellow Wikipedians... I'd like to slightly expand the section on demographics with a number of sources. Would it be OK to say "Illinois has led the nation in population loss for several years. The most common reasons for this are job loss, the highest property taxes in the nation, weather, unionism, crime, education, unemployment, and the state's budget stalemate. The state's residents say it sucks to live in Illinois, in which it was ranked number 1 in residents who desire to flee the state. Half of the population wants to leave. It is also reported to be the second most hated state in the U.S. after California. It has had a rate of population loss ranging from 1 person every 4.6 to 10 minutes. A study by United Van Lines has reported that it has been in yellow, meaning high outbound, since 1978. A couple who moved to North Carolina from Illinois created a website to help Illinoisans move out of their state. Michael Lucci, the vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute, said that working people and people who want jobs are fleeing the state. Due to its proximity in the Rust Belt, the state's unfriendly business climate makes it one of the top leaving destinations in the U.S. Illinois has lost residents to almost every other state in the nation." Here are some references to support what I'd like to add:

I'm posting here because other editors might feel this is too much detail. Comments welcome please! Colman2000 ( talk) 18:59, 29 January 2018 (UTC)