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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Illinois

Illinois' 24 electoral votes are always hard fought.

Key facts
Population: 11,846,544 (ranked 6 among states)
Governor: George Ryan (R)
Electoral College votes: 22
Currently the house delegation is exactly spilt. Democrats control the state House while Republicans control the Illinois Senate.

This is a state to watch. In the last 45 presidential elections, Illinois has picked the winner 39 times. In the last 80 years it has only once backed the losing candidate.

The Democrats dominated Chicago's politics for most of the 20th century. Party bosses had influence at all levels of society, controlling appointments and patronage and engineering the vote.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 10 Democrats, 10 Republicans
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
It is thought that Chicago mayor Richard Daley was instrumental in rousing support for John F Kennedy, in a narrow but crucial win in 1960. But the city's political psyche was damaged during the 1968 Democratic Convention when Daley's police clashed with demonstrators.

The Democratic Convention was returned in 1996 and the political machine has largely gone. But the current, highly popular Chicago mayor is Richard Daley's son.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 49%, Dole 37%
1992: Clinton 49%, Bush 34%, Perot 17%
1988: Bush 51%, Dukakis 49%
Illinois is an industrial leader. By the end of the 19th century the state was established as a centre of urban industry. Chicago grew as the rail network spread and soon became the leader in the USA's meat-packing industry. Millions of immigrants moved to Chicago in search of fortune.

Chicago also became the focus for trade in lumber and grain. Its manufacturing importance is still great and it has the largest service and white-collar sector in the interior. But now the trading of commodities, rather than meat dominate the city's economy.

Chicago is the USA's third largest metropolis, with the world's second biggest airport and a university that employs more Nobel Laureates than any other in the world.

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