By: Karen Misuraca
To drive into Central Illinois from the northeast is to plunge into the heart of the heartland. The sprawl of the suburbs and exurbs thins out until you’re surrounded by nearly uninterrupted stretches of prairie—snow-covered, barren, and windswept in the dead of winter but verdantly carpeted with cornfields, wildflowers, and waving grasses during the warmer months. It was into this pastoral setting that Abraham Lincoln moved at the age of 21 and embarked on the long career path that would eventually lead him to the White House. Lincoln lore and historic sites abound in the 28 counties of Central Illinois. For general information about the region, contact the Central Illinois...
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