You tell people you’re from Illinois and everyone has a preconceived notion about the people here. Most of the stereotypes are probably true, not going to lie about that. But here are nine that are NOT true:
1. All of Illinois is Chicago
Actually, there's the whole rest of the state...
2. That people from Illinois are either Sox or Cubs fans
Actually, there is a HUGE Cardinals fan base here.
3. That people from Chicago are sophisticated and people from Southern Illinois are hicks
You'll often find that country sense beats city sense. Mark Twain demonstrated that best.
4. Chicagoans are rude
Okay...definitely not saying you never run into rude people, and it's easy to think people are rude because they're often in a hurry, but people are still generally very friendly.
5. That all of Illinois is flat
I'll be honest with you, riding a bicycle here is fairly easy. But we have our share of hills, especially in the southern parts of the state.
6. That we feel inferior to New York
We're comfortable doing our own thing and think we have plenty going on here.
7. That we drive like maniacs
Actually, it's all of you out-of-staters who don't know our rules.
8. It's expensive to live here
Sure, there are plenty of places that cost major money, but there are tons of affordable places, too.
9. That Northern and Southern Illinois don't agree on anything
We definitely rag on each other, but at the end of the day, we all respect that we're Illinoisians.
What are some other UNTRUE stereotypes about Illinois? Let us know in the comments.