1. You’ve been asked if you’re from Chicago or Illinois.
The most common line of them all: “Oh, you’re from Illinois? What part of Chicago are you from?” Well, for us downstate folks, this perception is about as accurate as 3 + 3 = 7. Believe it or not, there IS more to Illinois than Chicago. 80% of the state’s total land area is encompassed by farmland. Covering 28 million acres, more than 76,000 farms cover the state, pumping 9 billion dollars into the economy every year.