names

Take a Look at Illinois’ Top Boat Names for 2017
In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I am not a boat guy. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against boats. As a matter of fact, I've never been out on the Rock River boating without having a great time. It's just that I don't want one, I want friends …
We’ve Got Some Strange Names for Places in Illinois
I was just watching something on YouTube that had people from anywhere other than the Midwest trying to pronounce Midwestern place names. As you might imagine, it was pretty humorous to watch folks take on names that we're fairly familiar with, but they had never heard of.
Weatherman Nails Unpronounceable Name
Ever heard of a town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch?
It's a real place in Wales. According to Wikipedia:
The long form of the name was invented for promotional purposes in the 1860s; with 58 characters it is the longest place name in Europe and the second l…
How Illinois Counties Got Their Names
We've had a rather Illinois-centric week in this space. We've learned how much we didn't know about our state, in addition to taking a look at Illinois' unusually-named mascots.
Today, let's wrap up the week with the state itself, in particular the counties that make up Illin…