Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Day 25: Election Prayer Focus Illinois

Illinois - Prairie State

Motto: State sovereignty, national union

Slogan: The Land of Lincoln

Capital City: Springfield

Largest City: Chicago


Governor Rod R. Blagojevich (D)

Senator Richard Durbin (D)

Senator Barak Obama (D) Democratic Presidential Candidate

01 Bobby L. Rush D
02 Jesse L. Jackson Jr. D
03 Daniel Lipinski D
04 Luis V. Gutierrez D
05 Rahm Emanuel D
06 Peter J. Roskam R
07 Danny K. Davis D
08 Melissa L. Bean D
09 Janice D. Schakowsky D
10 Mark Steven Kirk R
11 Jerry Weller R
12 Jerry F. Costello D
13 Judy Biggert R
14 Bill Foster D
15 Timothy V. Johnson R
16 Donald A. Manzullo R
17 Phil Hare D
18 Ray LaHood R
19 John Shimkus R

Prayer Points

*Declare revival comes to the state of Illinois.

*Declare signs and wonders follow the preaching of the Word in Illinois.

*Declare divine strategies come to Christian leaders to evangelize in Illinois.

*Declare the leaders of Illinois walk in wisdom and the fear of the Lord.

*Declare that corruption in Illinois is exposed.

*Declare voter fraud in Illinois is exposed.

*Declare an accurate accounting of the vote in Illinois.

*Declare that Christians get out and vote in Illinois.

*Declare the large Catholic population vote according to their pro-life values.

*Declare the legislation in Illinois is in accordance with the Word of God.

*Declare protection over the state of Illinois.

*Declare protection over the National Guard, military personnel, and military bases in Illinois.

*Declare the economy of Illinois prospers.

Illinois is the most populous and demographically diverse Midwestern state and the fifth most populous in the nation. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and western Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a broad economic base. Illinois is an important transportation hub; the Port of Chicago connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River via the Illinois River. Illinois is often viewed as a microcosm of the United States. (


Catholics and Protestants are the largest religious groups in Illinois. However, Illinois is not as heavily Protestant as are neighboring states. Roman Catholics, who are heavily concentrated in and around Chicago, account for 30% of the population. Chicago and its suburbs are also home to a large and growing population of Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Sikhs. (


Historically, Illinois was a major battleground state between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. In recent elections, it has gradually shifted more Democratic at the national and state level and has become the most Democratic state in the Midwest. Democratic dominance in Illinois is due in part to the control of Chicago. In addition, Democrats have made inroads in the traditionally Republican "collar counties", which are becoming increasingly diverse. Republicans usually prevail in rural northern and central Illinois, and Democrats usually win in southern Illinois and in the Quad Cities and East St. Louis metropolitan areas. Illinois voted for Democratic presidential candidates in the last four elections. John Kerry easily won the state's 21 electoral votes in 2004 by a margin of 11 percentage points with 54.8% of the vote despite winning outright in only 15 of 102 counties.
Politics in the state, particularly Chicago machine politics, have been famous for highly visible corruption cases. (

(Click this link ( to find out more history on the politically corrupt "Chicago Machine".)

Nuclear power
Nuclear power arguably began in Illinois with the Chicago Pile-1, the world's first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in the world's first nuclear reactor, built on the University of Chicago campus. With six major nuclear power plants (Braidwood, Byron, Clinton, Dresden, LaSalle, and Quad Cities) housing eleven reactors, Illinois is ranked first in nuclear generating capacity among the 31 states with nuclear plants. In 2005, 48% of Illinois' electricity was generated using nuclear power. (


Chicago is the largest city by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest, United States. It is a dominant center of finance, industry and culture in the region. It is currently ranked as the third-most populous city in the United States after New York and Los Angeles, with a population of nearly 3 million people. The Chicago metropolitan area (commonly referred to as Chicagoland) has a population of over 9.7 million people in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, making it also the third largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Adjacent to Lake Michigan, it is among the world's twenty-five largest urban areas by population, and rated an alpha world city by the World Cities Study Group at Loughborough University.
Often called the Windy City and the City of Broad Shoulders, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 after initially being founded in 1833 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. The city soon became a major transportation hub in North America and quickly became the transportation, financial and industrial center of the Midwest. Today the city's attractions bring 44.2 million visitors annually.
Chicago was once the capital of the railroad industry and until the 1960s the world's largest meatpacking facilities were at the Union Stock Yards; currently the city is home to the nation's second busiest airport, O'Hare International. Chicago became notorious worldwide for its violent gangsters in the 1920s, most notably Al Capone, and for the political corruption in one of the longest lasting political machines in the nation. The city has long been a stronghold of the Democratic Party and has been home to numerous influential politicians including the current presidential nominee, Barack Obama. (

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