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Illinois is the 25th most extensive and the 5th most populous of the 50 United States, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a broad economic base. Illinois is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois River. For decades, O'Hare International Airport has ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

Although the state's largest population centers today are in northern Illinois, originally the state's population grew from south to north, with settlers arriving from Kentucky in the 1810s. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan. Railroads and John Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois' rich prairie into some of the world's most productive and valuable farmlands, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration established a large community of African Americans in Chicago that created the city's famous jazz and blues cultures.

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The Santa ClauseThe Santa Clause 2The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
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Scott Calvin/Santa ClausCharlie CalvinLaura MillerNeil MillerBernardDet. NunzioMiss DanielsJudyMr. WhittleSusan PerryJudy (waitress)BobbyPrincipal ComptonDr. Pete NovosJudge G. WhelanOfficer MaloneFireman O'HaraCarol Newman-Calvin/Mrs. ClausJack FrostLucy MillerCurtis • Abby • Mother NatureFather Time • Easter Bunny • Cupid • Tooth Fairy • SandmanTracyToy Santa • Toy Soldiers • Bud and Sylvia Newman • Dr. Hismus • Trish • Glenda • Buddy Calvin • Comet • Quentin • Chet • Danielle
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Dick Tracy
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Dick Tracy's Crime SolversDick Tracy's Crime-Stoppers
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Dick TracyDick Tracy, Jr.Tess Trueheart-TracyBig Boy CapriceFlattop JonesItchyMumblesPrunefaceLips ManlisBreathless Mahoney88 KeysStooge VillerShouldersThe BrowLittle FaceThe BlankInfluenceThe RodentSpuds SpaldoniRibs MoccoBug BaileySteve the TrampNumbersTexie GarciaMrs. GreenMikeD.A. FletcherPat PattonSam CatchemLefty MoriartyChief Brandon
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IllinoisChicagoDick Tracy's ApartmentClub RitzMike's Diner
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Sooner or LaterMoreLive Alone and Like ItWhat Can You Lose?Back In Business