I've only lived outside the state of Illinois for a grand total of about 6 months. In 1985, I went to work for a radio station in Columbus, Ohio, which was a great town to live in with one possible downside--when you left Columbus, you were in Ohio.

Seriously though, there wasn't anything wrong with Columbus, or with Ohio, for that matter. I found myself missing home, missing friends, missing rooting for the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls (remember, there were no satellite networks where you could catch your favorite teams regardless of where you live), and missing Rockford. As big a hurry as I was in to get out of here, I was in an even bigger hurry to come back.

Which begs the question: if you were to leave Rockford, and leave Illinois as well, what would you miss most?

OnlyInYourState.com asked their readers the same question, and here are some of the things people would miss, or do miss (in no particular order) after departing the Land of Lincoln:

  • Illinois sweet corn
  • Sunset over farm fields
  • Snow (you can still live here and miss that, as we're seeing this winter)
  • Cheddar-Caramel Mix Popcorn
  • Chicago
  • Rolling farm fields
  • Leaves changing in the fall
  • Thick Crust/Pan-Style Pizza
  • Lake Michigan
  • Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Sox
  • Maid-Rite Sandwiches
  • Italian Beef
  • Tubing on the Mississippi River

As for Illinois sandwiches, let's not forget the "horseshoe:"