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Offers a list of all two-year community colleges and technical schools within Illinois, including brief introduction and official website address.
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Springfield, Illinois

Springfield is a city and capital of the state of Illinois in the United States. It is the state's sixth largest city and has 114,694 residents (U.S. Census, 2018) and forms a larger metropolitan area Springfield-Jacksonville-Lincoln with about 207,000 residents. Springfield is best known for the fact that President Abraham Lincoln lived in the city from 1837 to 1861 and is buried there.

The city is centrally located in the state of a valley plain (Till Plain) about 170 meters above sea level and 130 kilometers northeast of St. Louis. The Sangamon River flows past the city's northeastern areas. The large artificial lake Lake Springfield provides recreation, electricity and drinking water. The city has more than 30 parks, best known being the Carpenter Park on the Sangamon River and the Washington Park and Botanical Garden. The local airport is called Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

Springfield's original name was Calhoun after Senator John C. Calhoun. The town is named after the local Spring Creek waterway.


The population has decreased slightly since 2012. 73.2 percent of the population is white, 19.9 percent are African American, 2.8 percent are Asians and 0.08 percent are from North American indigenous peoples (U.S. Census, 2019).

Economics and culture

Most of the workers, around 30,000, are employed by the state board, which is headquartered in Springfield as well as local government. Health care and commerce employ between 17,000 and 18,000 people. Springfield is the center of one of the United States richest agricultural areas with production and sales of maize, wheat, soybean and cattle, etc. The city has national headquarters for several insurance companies. There is considerable industry in the production of concrete products, paints, tractors, electrical measuring devices and electronics. Tourism is important.

Springfield has one university, The University of Illinois at Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University, founded in 1970). The city also has a section of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as well as six public and private colleges.

Well-known museums and attractions include the Hoogland Center for the Arts in the city center, which houses the Springfield Theater Center and the Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni). Many sites are linked to Abraham Lincoln, such as the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, as well as Lincoln's Tomb on Monument Avenue. The Old State Capitol building, where Lincoln held its 'House divided' speech in 1858, also has many visitors. Dana-Thomas House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright was built 1902-1903. In the city is also the home of the poet Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931).

Springfield also has the region's largest renewal park, Knight's Action Park, and Caribbean Water Park, which is open from May to September.

The Illinois State Fair since (1853) is an agricultural fair in August each year. The Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair is held annually (since 1961) every third weekend in May. The Route 66 Film Festival in the first weekend of November has been held every year since 2002.


Fur hunters and fur traders were in 1818 the first whites to settle in the area. The first log cabin was built by John Kelly in 1820. Due to fertile land and good on-site trading opportunities, settlers from Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina flocked to the growing township that changed its name from Calhoun to Springfield in 1832 and became town that same year. Lincoln settled in the city in 1837 and served as a lawyer and politician there for 24 years. In 1838, local indigenous people were forced west to the Indian Territory by the authorities. In 1839, Springfield became Illinois' third and present capital. This was largely due to the efforts of Lincoln and his staff who were called 'Long Nine' since all nine were over 1.80 meters high.

During the American Civil War 1861-1865, Union soldiers from 1861 were trained at Camp Butler 11 miles northeast of Springfield. Confederate soldiers were held there as prisoners until the end of 1865. After the Civil War, Springfield became an agricultural and railroad center in Illinois.

In August 1908 there were riot riots for three days. Two African-Americans were lynched and four whites killed by gunshots. The rebellion ended after the governor sent in forces.

A 1957 tornado killed two people and two tornadoes that hit Springfield in March 2006, including hundreds of buildings, and injuring 24 people.

Black Hawk College
Community college located in the northwestern Illinois specializes in business training. Read about its courses and its admission policies.

Black Hawk College


Carl Sandburg College
Junior college offers an academic calendar, its admission policy, Sandburg Days Festival info, campus life overview and a college for seniors.

Carl Sandburg College


City Colleges of Chicago
Read a history of the institution, find out where each of the campuses are located, or review the info for prospective and current students.

College of DuPage
Large community college is based in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and has campuses and academic centers around the state. Read about its student life.

College of Lake County
Non-residential, two-year community college features online courses, a staff phone directory, a college catalog and class schedules.

Danville Area Community College
Two-year college is in the central eastern region of Illinois. Find a campus map, a course catalog and this semester's class schedules.

DeVry Institute of Technology, DuPage
Campus is located in Addison, 20 miles outside of Chicago. Read about its evening and weekend classes, or get financial information.

Elgin Community College
Explore this school offering a job line, campus locations, an overview of the programs available and online classes.

Frontier Community College
One of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, it features a brief profile, a FAQ and a list of degrees and certificates available.

Gem City College
Community college features programs in Horology, or clock making and repair, Business, and Cosmetology. Located in Quincy, Illinois.

Heartland Community College
Open-admissions community college in central Illinois posts a list of its teaching goals. Includes profiles and photos of faculty members.

Highland Community College
Limited site features a course schedule, telecourse information, a link to library resources and contact information.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
District and its four campuses - Frontier, Lincoln Trail, Olney Central, and Wabash Valley - serve eastern Illinois and western Indiana.

Illinois Valley Community College
Small college in the northern central region of the state posts its course catalog. Find a class schedule, or link to faculty homepages.

Joliet Junior College
Discover America's oldest public community college, offering the school's history, a staff directory and academic department profiles.

Kennedy-King College
One of the City Colleges of Chicago, it provides the college's mission, an info request form, tuition and fees overview, and a phone directory.

Kishwaukee College
Malta-area community college is part of Illinois' College District 523. Find class schedules, faculty homepages and a list of student clubs.

Lake Land College
Open-admissions community college serves the east central region of Illinois. Find course descriptions and schedules.

Lewis and Clark Community College
Provides class schedules, a list of certificate and degree programs, a faculty directory, and a campus map for this Godfrey, Illinois, school.

Lincoln Land Community College
Public university in Springfield, Illinois, provides academic information, as well as an events calendar and a link to its student newspaper.

Lincoln Trail College
One of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, it offers a telecommunication program, transfer programs and contact information.

Malcolm X College
Historic community college was the first of the City Colleges of Chicago. Find a profile of its student body, or read about its facilities.

McHenry County College
School northwest of Chicago offers a campus map and directory, class schedules, financial aid information and community links.

Midstate College
School with two campuses provides program listings for each campus, a college catalog, financial assistance information and contact information.

Moraine Valley Community College
Read about student culture at this Palos Hills, Illinois, school, or find a faculty directory, a campus map and an academic calendar.

Oakton Community College
Find maps for each of the two Cook County campuses of this college. Also find its mission statement and its academic calendar.

Olive-Harvey College
One of the City Colleges of Chicago offers a search engine, an academic calendar, a school history and a profile of student activities.

Richland Community College
Read a profile of the current student body at this Decatur, Illinois, campus, or find out how to register. Includes information for alumni.

Rock Valley College
School provides a brief history, faculty web sites, a student services overview, a profile of degrees available and course descriptions.

Sauk Valley Community College
College located in Dixon includes list of upcoming events, an info request form, an academic calendar and a locator map with driving directions.

Shawnee Community College
Ullin, Illinois, school posts photos of its main campus. Find course schedules and descriptions, or read the student newspaper.

Southwestern Illinois College
Belleville, Granite City, and Red Bud campuses offer career, distance and transfer programs, business training, and adult basic education.

Waubonsee Community College
Two-year public college provides course schedules, locator maps with directions, tuition payment details and a bookstore profile.

Wilbur Wright College
Check out one of the City Colleges of Chicago, featuring telephone registration, placement testing and student activities.




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