Illinois Loyalty Location Census

Where do you currently live?

  • IL - Chicago

    Votes: 34 6.3%
  • IL - Chicago Suburbs

    Votes: 76 14.0%
  • IL - Northern Illinois (Not Chicagoland)

    Votes: 22 4.1%
  • IL - Central Illinois

    Votes: 112 20.7%
  • IL - Southern Illinois

    Votes: 37 6.8%
  • Another state in the Midwest (IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, OH, NE, ND, SD or WI)

    Votes: 77 14.2%
  • A Northeastern state (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT or DC)

    Votes: 25 4.6%
  • A Southern state (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA or WV)

    Votes: 85 15.7%
  • A Western state (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY)

    Votes: 64 11.8%
  • Outside of the United States

    Votes: 10 1.8%

  • Total voters
Grew up in DC but with multiple generations of Illinois alums on my Dad's side (including my grandfather who had 3 degrees from Illinois, was a professor for decades, and even sat on the athletic board of directors for a number of years). With that history I was destined to follow the family tradition, graduated from U of I, and just never left Champaign.
Grew up in Decatur, college at ISU, 13 years in Lafayette, most of next 20 in Peoria, escaped Illinois after retirement to Brownsburg In
New Orleans
Grew up in Moultrie county. Went to EIU, but was Illini fan since EIU didn't really have a sports program. Then 40 years in Bloomington. Retired to New Orleans. (Kids and grandkids are here)
Grew up Clarksville, TN
Graduated UIUC - Stayed for 2 years afterward
Orange County, CA > ATL > Orange County, CA > SEA > Orange County, CA > CLT > Orange County, CA
Topsail, NC
Grew up in Springfield and moved to Chapel Hill while my wife went to grad school at UNC. We went to a lot of games and of course became a fan except for the one game in 2005. I love the Illini but hate the state of Illinois and dread going back to visit family so I consider myself a tar heel but wear my Illini gear proudly.
Texas is so large that, depending on where in the state you mean, you could reasonably call it southern, Southwestern, or even Midwestern to a certain extent.
Most Texans (if they are really Texans) will tell you none of the above. They want their own category, and even then, Sacriag is correct, parts of the state have more roots/invaders related to different parts of the "States". East Texas: Sort of Southern, Tenn. North Texas Midwestern, South Texas: LA and some of the Gulf Coast. But can promise, the multi-gen group, just Texan.
Oh I understand. Just know that "downstate" is a "traditional cultural definition" only in Chicagoland. Outside the metro area, the term is pretty much an insult and also suggests that some folks are working with a compass that only has two directions.
In 1968, I think (during the celebration of the sesquicentennial), the Illinois Dept of Tourism came up with a commercial that featured a song called: Just outside of Chicago, there's a place called Illinois Yeah, it's always been referred as Chicago and downstate. Of course, downstate included Waukegan and Rockford.
Little Wabash River , Southern IL.
Southern Illinois. How Southern? If there weren't Hills in the way... I could see KY. Southern Illinois should be defined as I-64 south. True southern Illinois must have Shawnee National forest property in the county.
Little Wabash River , Southern IL.

Chicago suburbs now, but I’ve been everywhere - born in the city, grew up in Kankakee, school in Champaign, worked in Mt. Vernon and Bloomington
Ask and ye shall receive.

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omg, thank you! Now why in the he!! did that dude follow and record all that way and not follow through to the end?!?!?!? I would have followed to their destination and then offered to help carry it into the house! Maybe even buy them a 6 pack for their effort, lol.
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West Palm Beach, FL
From Chicago Heights to Champaign back to Chicago and now in West Palm Beach, FL. Illini till I die.
Iowa City
Suburbs kid growing up. Iowa City now. See everyone on the 2nd. Beers at the Vine before hand and then an Illini victory.
Non-alumni fan. Grew up in Robinson, IL. Lived all over the country, now in Charleston, IL.
Live in Chicago in...Bucktown, of course. Grew up in Southern Illinois part of the original South Seven. Lucky to sit in Krush (I think we spelled it with a “C”) on the floor at the free throw line for the 1988-89 season.
Grew up in Champaign and UofI alum of course. Then spent 20 years in the Air Force in ND, CA, MT, and now in Bellevue, NE. Still working for the military and proudly hang my Chief Illini Flag in the office. Still have family back home and get to games in Lincoln when IL visits and back home when I can.
Only a long time lurker here... grew up downstate (Effingham/T-Town/Dieterich area) did the "Chicago job after college" song and dance and left for the Florida beaches asap.
Scottsdale, AZ
Grew up in Springfield and was on freshman team in 1967 when Springfield HS went to the state basketball tournament and finished in 3rd place due to our starting center, Dave Robisch (went to Kansas and had a good NBA career). He held the tournament record back then scoring 39 points or more in 3 out of the final 4 games (scored 25 in the other). We lost to Pekin and Fred miller who went on to play for the Illini. That experience at Assembly Hall (even though I was sitting behind the bench) convinced me to go to U of I.

I graduated and moved to LA and received graduate degree there. Moved to AZ in 1979 and have been here ever since.