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Portrait of Illinois, Today's Republican Battleground

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 06:14 AM

Following is a profile of Illinois, latest battleground in the race for the Republican presidential nomination:

Population: 12,869,257

Median age: 35.7

Percentage of population 65 and over: 12.5 percent

Race: 63.7 percent non-Hispanic white, 14.5 percent black, 4.6 percent Asian, 15.8 percent Hispanic or Latino origin

Language other than English spoken at home: 21.7 percent

High school graduate: 86.2 percent

Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.3 percent

Median household income: $55,735

People below poverty level: 12.6 percent

Homeownership rate: 69.2 percent

2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS

General: Barack Obama, 61.9 percent; John McCain, 36.8 percent

Democratic primary: Barack Obama, 64.7 percent; Hillary Clinton, 32.8 percent; John Edwards, 1.9 percent

Republican primary: John McCain, 47.5 percent; Mitt Romney, 28.6 percent; Mike Huckabee, 16.5 percent

VOTES CAST BY PARTY, 2008

Republican: 899,422

Democratic: 2,038,614

QUICK FACTS

llinois' Latino population grew by 32 percent between 2000 and 2010.

Illinois has the highest high-school dropout rate in the nation.

Two of its previous governors are now in federal prison.

McLean County in central Illinois is the country's No. 1 producer of soybeans. North-central LaSalle County ranks first nationally in corn.

Illinois has just under 7,000 units of local government, such as school districts, townships and cities. That's far more than any other state.

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