City Versus Country, Illinois Style

Mar 05, 2014 | Updated May 05, 2014


For many Chicagoans, the land south of Interstate 80 is a different state. For downstate Illinoisans living south of Interstate 80, Chicago is the area they want to make a different state.

Hmm, sounds like there are some differences there.

Our esteemed executive editor Matthew Dietrich is from Springfield, so he has a pretty good grasp of the differences between Chicago and downstate Illinois. He put together a list of 10 differences that are highly accurate and highly amusing, especially if you've lived in both parts of Illinois.