The name “Illinois” comes from a Native American word meaning “tribe of superior men.” Louis Joliet and Father Marquette were the first Europeans to arrive in Illinois in 1673. The state motto is “State Sovereignty, National Union.” Illinois is the fifth most populous state in the country with almost 12.9 million people. Abraham Lincoln and three other U.S. Presidents have called Illinois home, including Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. The General Assembly adopted the state slogan, “Land of Lincoln” in 1955. Springfield is the state capital and home to more Abraham Lincoln sites than any other place in the United States, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Old State Capitol, Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, and Lincoln-Herndon Law Office.  For additional information visit

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According to Illinois ranks number 18 among all 50 states in nursing salary. The average RN salary $72,090 and average hourly is $34.66. The number of RNs in Illinois, as of 2019, is 123,100. (stats from

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CE Requirements: 
As required by the Act, all nurses shall complete continuing education as follows: 2019-07 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training CE requirement for license renewal beginning January 1, 2020 for Illinois LPN, RN, and APRNs LPN licensure renewal: 20 hours of approved Continuing Education will be required for the February 1, 2017 through, January 31, 2019 license renewal cycle. LPN Continuing Education Re-Licensure FAQs2019-07 Illinois LPN Continuing Education Re-licensure FAQs2019-07 Illinois LPN Continuing Education Pre-approved Sponsor Information RN licensure renewal: be required for the June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2020 license renewal cycle” update to reflect the new end date of May 31,2020. Illinois RN Continuing Education Re-licensure FAQs APN licensure renewal: 80 hours of approved Continuing Education will be required for the June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2020 license renewal cycle.

2019-07 Illinois RN Continuing Education Re-licensure FAQs

2019-07 Illinois RN Continuing Education Pre-approved Sponsor Information     

Additional Information:

Effective January 1, 2017, previously barred health care workers and first time applicants may become eligible for a license. Under the Department’s new process, a health care worker who was permanently revoked or denied due to a forcible felony may file a Petition for Review, which is currently available on the Department’s website. The review process does not apply to a forcible felony requiring registration under the Sex Offender Registration Act, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, or a criminal battery against any patient in the course of patient care or treatment that is a forcible felony. Information about applying for licensure are available on the Department’s website.

Streamlined Nursing Licensure Verification Begins Today
IL Nursing Survey Reveals Approaching RN Shortage
Fingerprint Vendor List Available
IDFPR & the Drug Enforcement Administration warn against “Doctor Shopping” in letter to health care professionals
IMPORTANT NOTICE Regarding Continuing Education and Registered Nurses
IMPORTANT NOTICE Regarding the Administration of IV Medication by LPNs
Important Notice Regarding Schedule II Changes for Controlled Substances Licenses
Petition for Review of Forcible Felony

*****Disclaimer:  the information listed is from Illinois Board of Nursing, as of this posting date of 09/18/2019. Links and information are subject to change. 

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Illinois Nursing Schools

List of accredited nursing schools in Illinoiswhich offer campus based ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN to RN, RN to BSN, and more nursing degree programs approved by the Illinois Board Of Nursing. Source: 

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Illinois Hospitals

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Illinois State Facts

Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818 and was the 21st state to enter the Union.

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Top 10 Travel Destinations in Illinois

  1. Springfield
  2. Chicago
  3. Rockford
  4. Evanston
  5. Bloomington
  6. Galena
  7. Quincy
  8. Alton
  9. Elmhurst
  10. Lincoln’s Tomb

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Illinois fun facts

Illinois Facts and Trivia

  1. Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy and Alton hosted the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates that stirred interest all over the country in the slavery issue. 
  2. The first Aquarium opened in Chicago, 1893. 
  3. The world’s first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, 1885. 
  4. Home to the Chicago Bears Football Team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox baseball teams, Chicago Fire soccer team. 
  5. The first Mormon Temple in Illinois was constructed in Nauvoo. 
  6. Peoria is the oldest community in Illinois. 

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