living in illinois
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Lisa

UK

#1 Jul 1, 2006
hi i live in england at the moment. im lookin to move to the states in the next couple of years. can anyone tell me what its like to live in illinois.

house size / prices
weather
universities
etc

cheers
Frontier Justice

United States

#2 Jul 1, 2006
I live in central Il.
It sucks.
If you want more senery than corn and bean fields,I suggest someplace else.
The northern and southern part is pretty nice.
Here is something to get you started.
www.pantagraph.com and also www.suntimes.com/index/
Good luck.
Forum Jumper

United States

#3 Jul 1, 2006
Well I love my Little town across from st. louis.
I bought my 4 bedroom house with Garage, for 44000.
It is nice and queit here.
I also have a friend who just moved here about a year ago From England. She married a friend of Mine she is so sweet.
We are Glad to Have her here.

Check Out my Town:

http://www.norcom2000.com/users/cahokia/
Forum Jumper

United States

#4 Jul 1, 2006
There are alos a lot of Schools and Universities, in Close Reach.
The weather is average. Hot in the summer, Cold in the winter, althogh it seems our winters have been pretty mild.
red

Orion, IL

#6 Jul 2, 2006
I sucks...that is why we are moving out of state..
The State of Illinois has raised taxes on everything.
Convince Me

United States

#7 Jul 2, 2006
Pecatonica wrote:
okay IL sucks i hate it its like a pile of shyt.. people talk shit eat shit and smell like it. the weathers shit.. the land is shit.. everytrhings shit!
Nothing against Kansas but...by your attitude, we're glad Kansas has you.

Dear England, in spite of the negative response from the forum writer, Illinois is a nice place to live. I live across the river from St. Louis. We welcome you.
beautiful

AOL

#8 Jul 2, 2006
Go to the state of georgia. Its beautiful not only that but you can go to middle ga technical collage if you have a ged or high school diploma and get free student loans go through the hope foundation an you will get everything free. you can go there and get any degree free. Find mercer university in macon ga they will tell you everything you need to know.
Frontier Justice

United States

#9 Jul 2, 2006
Pecatonica wrote:
okay IL sucks i hate it its like a pile of shyt.. people talk shit eat shit and smell like it. the weathers shit.. the land is shit.. everytrhings shit!
You are from Kansas?
I heard Kansan's sleep with their sisters.
Dana Hawn

Louisville, IL

#10 Jul 2, 2006
Hi Lisa my name is Dana. I live in eastern Central Illinois. I have lived in Illinois most of my life in several areas. I truly am fond of this State and I have traveled to every State in the US except Hawaii and Alaska. I am not sure what school your interested in but I have also attended several schools in Illinois for various classes. We have excellent schools here. Of course there is Northern Illinois with the big city feel of Chicago right off of Lake Michigan. I however do not care for it up there because it is so much colder up there because of the lake front. They also receive more rain and snowfall annually than the rest of the State. I truly enjoy southern Illinois most which is home to SIUC an excellent school. Right below Carbondale are several areas for canoeing, camping, and all around the Carbondale area small wineries have been popping up over the past 10 years so now there is a big wine festival. Of course being in southern Illinois these people claim St. Louis as "their" city and jump over the State line to go enjoy the big city museums, culture, and shopping before returning to the quiet small town charm of Southern Illinois. The rent is cheap. Depending on what school your planning on going to. However if you live up North then the rent is really high.

I love our weather. We experience all 4 seasons with major eye pleasing changes to the landscape year around. The Fall is breath taking. The winters are fairly mild. We are still able to enjoy a bit of snowfall but not too much. My email address is [email protected] I would be happy to help you with any questions you have about Illinois. Let me know what school your thinking about attending. I probably know someone who is there right now and I could put you in touch with them.

~Dana
Forum Jumper

United States

#11 Jul 2, 2006
For those of you who do not like Illinois, I am sorry, But Home is where you make it. I love it here. I lived in Oregon and Las Vegas. I loved Oregon but there are no Jobs. I hated Vegas (we will not go there as to why) But I was born here. I have been to many States in the US. I chose Ill. To raise my Kids. I hate big cities, I had enough of them. So I live across the river From St. Louis in a small town, I think is perfect I have the small quiet town with all the benefits of a big city when I need it.
No matter where you live it is not always going to be great, There is Crime every, it just seems to be noticed more in the bigger towns. So don’t get the false Pretense it is perfect here, and Illinois is great. Just because no one has mentioned crime. Does not mean it is not here But I Feel 100% Safe in my town.
Southern Illinois

United States

#12 Jul 2, 2006
Southen Illinois is a great place to live. It has smaller towns and is near Rend Lake, which is a nice place for camping, boating, fishing, etc. Windows resort is a place many people go to and stay. In Carbondale is SIU (Southern IL University) and the smaller colleges are Rend Lake College in Ina and in Carterville is John A. Logan college. Carbondale also has the University mall, Marion has a nice mall and if you go more north, there is the Mt. Vernon mall. It's quiter here than in Northern IL as of course, Chicago is "up there" (about 4 hours away). Housing is much cheaper. As far as prices, not sure. I've lived in mine for 20 years so not sure what they go for. This site may help: http://www.sihomebuyers.com/

I agree with Dana about the weather. We have all 4 seasons, which is nice. Our winters are warmer in Southern IL than in Northern IL. It takes about 1 1/2 hours (give or take) to get to St. Louis. Here's a website you can check out for the other MANY places around here:

http://www.adventureillinois.com/ or
http://www.enjoyillinois.com/topspots/souther...

Not sure how to help you decide on Northern, Central, or Southern Illinois, if you choose Illinois, but good luck wherever you decide!
Tim

Northfield, MN

#13 Jul 3, 2006
Lisa wrote:
hi i live in england at the moment. im lookin to move to the states in the next couple of years. can anyone tell me what its like to live in illinois.
house size / prices
weather
universities
etc
cheers
Weather is bad.When its hot its hot winters can be bad.Price for a house or apartment will very from area to area.Out side Chicago they can range from 250,00 to 300,00 U.s. Funds,Other areas much higher do research on costs,taxes, crime stats. S.I.U. if you are a drinker And Northern AGAIN MANY OPTIONS DO RESEARCH.Apartments on campus may be a good idea to look into.Google ill .gov universities.GOOD LUCK Tim
slobo

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#15 Jul 5, 2006
The only reason I am still living in Ellanoise, is because I am too stupid to get out! If you are a moron, and enjoy crime, enjoy illegal aliens, enjoy the minimum wage and enjoy living in a Police State, then WELCOME TO ELLANOISE!!!(Not to mention the humid summers, dry winters, crumbling infrastructure, super hog farms, and crooked politicians)...Whada I miss? Oh yeah!!! The Stupid FOID Card!!! THEN WELCOME TO ELLANOISE!!!
Tim

United States

#16 Jul 6, 2006
Mark Dalka wrote:
Don't live in Orland Hills, AKA: Westhaven. Your IQ will drop 30 points. Our main attraction is the Meth lab down the street and bar know as "Fire and Ice" is the haunt of drunken cops who pull guns on each other.
Try living a few towns west of Maywood.
christie

Macomb, IL

#17 Jul 7, 2006
If you like big cities I suggest living in the South Suburbs of Chgo, the Metra train system here is nice for working in the city and living in the burbs. I live on the border of Will/Cook county. So 30 mile drive or commute and I'm in the city. 5 minute drive and I'm in the country. Good for gardening, English cottage style living.
Gordon

United States

#18 Jul 7, 2006
Having lived all across the U.S.(Duluth Minnesota to Houston Texas to Boston Massachusetts, to Olympia Washington) and now in small town Illinois (population 1,300), I'll say that you will like Illinois the same as where you live right now. If you like where you live right now, you will like Illinois. If you don't like where you live right now, you won't like Illinois.

house size / prices vary in Illinois just like in England (Great in small towns and really suck in London or Chicago).

weather? Same type of situation. Probably somewhat warmer in the Summer and somewhat colder in the Winter in comparison to England.(I've made numerous trips to London) You can enjoy it, ignore it, or complain about it. Your Choice.

universities? Northwestern and the University of Illinois I consider as great. We also have party schools if that's what you are looking for.
tommy chronic

Louisville, KY

#19 Jul 7, 2006
...i used to live in centralia, east of st.louis...the city sucks...the city sucks so bad...the only good thing about illinois is chicago...they can give the rest of the state to freakin' iowa or something...

http://www.chemicallyfulfilled.blogspot.com
Convince Me

United States

#20 Jul 8, 2006
You also have Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville if you want to live close to St. Louis and then there is Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in southern Illinois. Prices on housing are much cheaper where I live in southern Illinois, across the river from St. Louis. You can have the hometown feel and still be close to a big city.
Carlinville IL

Altamont, IL

#21 Jul 8, 2006
I live in Carlinville its half-way between Springfield and
St. Louis, MO. It has a nice college Blackburn, its a small country type town hardly no crime. You can check it out at carlinvilleonline.com
Tim

United States

#22 Jul 8, 2006
Convince Me wrote:
You also have Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville if you want to live close to St. Louis and then there is Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in southern Illinois. Prices on housing are much cheaper where I live in southern Illinois, across the river from St. Louis. You can have the hometown feel and still be close to a big city.
Is S.I.U. Still party central was when I went there

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