Illinois is the most populous and demographically diverse Midwestern state and the fifth most populous state in the country. 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.

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Illinois in the News

September 11, 2009

In a statement released in the early morning hours on Friday, NYPD spokesperson David Hess announced the resolution to the mass murder in Brooklyn this past Sunday evening. He said:

"It is with a mixture of profound regret and relief that we inform the public of the resolution of Sunday's massacre in Brooklyn. Regret because there was one last victim killed before we could get to her, and relief because Detective Cassidy O'Shea, the final target of this madman, was recovered alive. She is currently in stable condition at the Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County, Illinois. The true name of the perpetrator is unknown, though he went by the moniker 'Azrael' in police and federal files as far back as 1999, where he committed a series of killings not dissimilar to the spree he enacted on Manhattan. Although we will continue to attempt identification of this man, he is no longer a threat — He was shot and killed by a sharpshooter while tactical response units attempted to subdue him in the early evening hours Thursday. A cooperative response team headed by Chicago's FBI Chief Anthony Broussard and Oak Forest Police Chief Terence Sanders was assisted by NYPD Detectives Coren Shelby and Elisabeth Harrison in the final take down."

July 1, 2010

Associated Press
July 1, 2010

In a stunning display of violence, the CDC Central Operations Building in Chicago Illinois was destroyed by what the Department of Homeland Security is calling "a concerted terrorist attack on American infrastructure."

The building, according to Deputy Director Nathaniel Rockwell of the Department for Homeland Security was brought down by a planned demolition style explosion targeting support structures inside of the 15-story skyscraper along with a secondary explosion on ground level from what authorities say was a fuel-air bomb, which was designed to incinerate and demolish the lower floors of the building.

According to current estimates some thirty-six CDC workers were killed in the blast along with an unknown number of security personnel manning the facility. The Chicago CDC Central Operations building is the hub through which all H5n10 vaccine shipments are planned for the Chicago metropolitan area.

Due to the method in which the building was destroyed, minimal damage to the surrounding area was inflicted, leading authorities to believe that this attack was singularly focused on the destruction of the CDC's stores of H5n10 vaccine in the Illinois area which supplies much of the Great Lakes region with the much needed and difficult to produce vaccine.

Operations Director Matthew Parkman of the Department For Homeland Security is claiming that a radical pro-evolved terrorist organization calling itself "Messiah." At present it is not known why Messiah would have targeted the building or what message they intended to send by its destruction.

Parkman claims that the FBI was forwarded a message claiming to be from this terrorist group that took responsibility for the attack and that they believe Messiah to be "a credible threat."

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