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Published on Dec 3, 2018

This is an audio version of the Wikipedia Article:
Springfield, Illinois

00:02:08 1 History
00:03:51 1.1 Lincoln
00:03:59 1.1.1 Lincoln and politics
00:05:39 1.1.2 Population
00:07:20 1.1.3 Business
00:07:56 1.1.4 Religion
00:08:51 1.2 Civil War to 1900
00:10:21 1.3 20th century
00:10:30 1.3.1 Utopia
00:12:02 1.3.2 1908 race riot
00:13:02 1.4 21st century
00:13:40 2 Geography
00:14:31 2.1 Topography
00:17:03 2.2 Climate
00:19:17 3 Demographics
00:22:48 4 Cityscape
00:24:52 5 Culture
00:26:28 5.1 Literary tradition
00:27:12 5.2 Performing arts
00:28:16 5.3 Festivals
00:28:44 5.4 Tourism
00:31:55 5.5 Sports
00:35:10 5.6 Media
00:36:51 5.7 NOAA Weather Radio
00:37:52 6 Economy
00:39:30 6.1 Largest employers
00:39:46 7 Law and government
00:40:59 7.1 State government
00:43:27 7.2 Township
00:44:12 8 Education
00:46:09 9 Infrastructure
00:46:18 9.1 Health systems
00:47:20 9.2 Parks
00:48:51 9.3 Public utilities
00:49:24 9.4 Transportation
00:52:46 10 Notable people
00:52:55 11 Sister cities
00:53:23 12 See also

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- Socrates

Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat of Sangamon County. The city's population of 116,250 as of the 2010 U.S. Census makes it the state's sixth most populous city. It is the largest city in central Illinois. As of 2013, the city's population was estimated to have increased to 117,006, with just over 211,700 residents living in the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Sangamon County and the adjacent Menard County.Present-day Springfield was settled by European Americans in the late 1810s, around the time Illinois became a state. The most famous historic resident was Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President. Major tourist attractions include multiple sites connected with Lincoln including his presidential library and museum, his home, and his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The capital is centrally located within the state. The city lies in a valley and plain near the Sangamon River. Lake Springfield, a large artificial lake owned by the City Water, Light & Power company (CWLP), supplies the city with recreation and drinking water. Weather is fairly typical for middle latitude locations, with hot summers and cold winters. Spring and summer weather is like that of most midwestern cities; severe thunderstorms may occur. Tornadoes hit the Springfield area in 1957 and 2006.
The city has a mayor–council form of government and governs the Capital Township. The government of the state of Illinois is based in Springfield. State government entities include the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Office of the Governor of Illinois. There are three public and three private high schools in Springfield. Public schools in Springfield are operated by District No. 186. Springfield's economy is dominated by government jobs, plus the related lobbyists and firms that deal with the state and county governments and justice system, and health care and medicine.


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