IL Posted in Illinois March 17, 2016 by Laura Illinois Is Number One At All Of These Things You already know that Illinois is number 1. But we actually lead the country in these areas. For better or worse. 1. Top Party School Kevin Dooley/Flickr University of Illinois is near the top in many academic fields, but it does hold the title of top party school. 2. Worst Run State Jeff Sharp/Flickr For the non-fans of Springfield (which is pretty much everyone these days), this is not a shocker. 3. Pumpkin production Mike Mozart/Flickr We grow 90-95% of the country's pumpkins, actually. 4. Population loss Christine und Hagen Graf/Flickr Out-migration from Illinois has hit six digits. 5. Green buildings Kristine Riskaer/Flickr This is one to be proud of. We are committed to construction that is better for the environment. 6. Holiday theft Bart Fields/Flickr People like to steal other people's stuff while they are out celebrating the holidays in Illinois, apparently. 7. Agricultural rents Ron Frazier/Flickr We lead the nation with $3.8 billion. Hey, we got a lot of nice flat land out here. 8. Horseradish production Nick Saltmarsh/Flickr Collinsville, IL is actually the world's horseradish capital. 9. Units of local government Katherine Johnson/Flickr And yet, it seems like we still can't get anything done!! You gotta wish we weren’t #1 in some of these areas, but such is life!