I lived in Illinois from 4th grade to high school. Suburban Chicago, of course. I was one of the kids in my group of friends who was allowed to drive into the city whenever I wanted. Well, almost. So I spent a good deal of my high school free time doing stuff down there. Highlights (in retrospect, of course) include taking advantage of my parents' memberships at the Field Museum and Art Institute. I saw a coelacanth (preserved) in a behind the scenes tour once. Lots of formative years as a scientist in Illinois, too. Thank you Abbott Laboratories and Libertyville High School.
Of course, this one went to Obama. I wonder what the margin will be.