The Illinois capital has an interesting history. When the State of Illinois was established it’s northern border was moved 50 miles north of where Indiana and the Old Northwest boundary in order to get a bigger shoreline of Lake Michigan. Like Indiana Illinois gets its name from an Algonquin word meaning “tribe of superior men”. Illinois was admitted to the union in 1818. Since over 80% of the State’s total population live in the northern part there have been recent attempts without success to move the capital to Chicago.