dishwasherDid you know that the dishwasher was invented in Shelbyville? Ever wonder who came up with the idea for the dish washing machine? The answer is Josephine Cochrane, a resident of Shelbyville who received a patent on December 28, 1886.

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capitalWhile Springfield is the seat of Illinois government today, the state has actually had two other capitals since becoming a state in 1818.

Kaskaskia became the first capital of Illinois after having served as the Territorial seat of government since 1809.

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TwinkiesThis year, National Twinkie Day is celebrated April 6. Did you know Twinkies were created in Illinois? One of America’s favorite snack food was created in 1930 by James Dewer at Conventional Baking Company in River Forest, Ill.

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762854It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the man of steel! Did you know that parts of the hit film “Man of Steel” were filmed in Illinois? Many of the most pivotal scenes in the movie were filmed in and near Chicago. (Spoilers for “Man of Steel ahead”.)

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Robin Williams 6451566847Considered by some to be the best comedian of all time, Robin Williams was born in Chicago in 1951 and went on to make many people laugh. He performed standup comedy and provided his acting talents to many movies.

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