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Springfield, IL

Originally named Calhoun (after a subsequently disgraced senator), Springfield got its permanent name in 1832. Five years later, the two events that had the greatest impact on its history happened nearly simultaneously: The state capital was moved from Vandalia to Springfield, and Abraham Lincoln moved to town to practice law.

Springfield's status as both state capital and the home of Abraham Lincoln continue to form the city's backbone today. Visitors flock to the city to see such sights as the 50-foot totem pole topped with an 8-foot-tall Abraham Lincoln at the entrance to the Illinois State Museum.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Like most cities, Springfield's economy has risen and fallen based on the strength of its major industries. Unlike many cities, however, Springfield's response in recent years to economic challenge hasn't been to find a new major industry but rather to develop a broader base of smaller industries. This diversity of opportunities (in both the public and private sector) has helped Springfield strengthen its economy.

Because Springfield is the state capital, it's not surprising that the state of Illinois is the city's largest employer. Other top employers include Memorial Health System, Saint John's Hospital, Illinois National Guard, and Springfield School District 186.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Because Springfield is a relatively large city, it offers residents a lot of fine neighborhoods to choose from:

SHOPPING

In addition to its historic downtown, which is filled with specialty shops and boutiques, Springfield has plenty of shopping malls and centers, including The Gables, Simon White Oaks Mall, and Sangamon Center North, which is known for its authentic 1950s diner.

BEST BETS

Springfield has a rich variety of museums, including the following:

FOR VISITORS

Historic sites also trace the development of the area:

EVENTS

Springfield hosts many family-oriented events:

EDUCATION

Springfield is home not only to its own educational centers but also to the campuses of many other Illinois institutions:


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