For many, the term “Central Illinois” brings to mind images of flat prairielands, bright yellow corn and fields of soybeans. We certainly do have agricultural roots. Yet we also have enough cultural resources and attractions to make life interesting.
Consisting of the middle third of the state, our region includes the Military Tract of 1812, an area set aside by Congress for soldiers who fought in the War of 1812. Sprinkled among the small towns and villages that define our lives are larger cities that grew up as regional centers of commerce. Springfield, Peoria, Decatur, Quincy, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Galesburg, and Danville are home to major industries including healthcare, farming, manufacturing, and the service industries.
Studded with plenty of protected areas and historical sites, Central Illinois is served by a number of major colleges and universities, and connected to the rest of the state by major highways and interstates.
And if you want to know why it’s often called the “Heart of Illinois,” just stop and meet some of our residents.