Illinois is one of the great Midwestern states that is located just east of the Mississippi River. This is definitely not a ‘fly-over state’ since it is a hub for travelers using rail, air, boats or cars. It is also a Rural Satellite Internet state so no matter where you reside within its almost 58,000 square miles you have all of the amenities of the big cities. Even our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, thought it was a great place to move to (New Salem) and to set up his legal office and start raising a family (Springfield).
The northeast portion borders on Lake Michigan with its miles of beautiful coastline and sandy beaches. Even in Chicago you can spend a day picnicking at the beach right next to a strikingly beautiful skyline and enjoy top-notch dining and entertainment in the evening. For a few dollars you can take one of the numerous cabs anywhere downtown or, for even less money, use the buses or elevated trains (the El) run by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA and also the original name of the band Chicago).
Those who live in the city love to drive out of town and enjoy the natural beauty of its rivers, quarries, and unusual land formations such as Starved Rock. You reach these locations by driving through miles of corn and soybean fields since this is also rich farming country. Today’s farms are very modern and high-tech with the luxury of High Speed Rural Broadband Internet at their fingertips.
Once you make it to Starved Rock State Park you will marvel at the vision of stepping out into another world. It takes you back to a time when various tribes of the Illini nation roamed this area of box canyons, bluffs, overhangs, and waterfalls. Considering Illinois is considered a ‘flat’ state you may be startled by the geological formations carved by massive glaciers eons ago.
The park gets its name from a bad time in Illinois (the tribe name) Indian history. An Illinois brave supposedly murdered Pontiac, the great Ottawa chieftain. The Ottawa, Fox and Potawatomi tribes sought revenge and attacked the Illinois tribe’s village by the Great Rock. Outnumbered after losing more than half of their people, the Illinois took refuge on top of the rock hoping to hide from their enemies. This backfired when the other tribes surrounded the Illinois and literally starved them out, thus the name of Starved Rock.
From Chicago to Ottawa to Cairo, all in Illinois, have a rich history to share as well as internet service. Thanks to High Speed Rural Internet service you don’t have to live in Chicago to stay connected with the rest of the state and the world. The Illinois people of today don’t have to worry about being stranded on top of the Great Rock with no way to reach out, but can enjoy spending time on the rock, taking pictures and sending the photos to friends and family with a computer hookup. I think even Abe would have ‘honestly’ liked this.