When thinking of UFO activity, Illinois doesn't necessarily come up as the number one destination for those seeking contact from creatures from out of this world. You might be surprised to learn that the land of Lincoln actually a has more reported UFO activity than most other states.

According to Metrocosm.com, Illinois, more than any other state in the country, is the place to be to find strange lights in the skies. In fact, northeast Illinois, tops the list.

What's interesting is that out of the Top 10 UFO reports in the United States, six out of ten are in Illinois.

1. Tinley Park Lights, Tinley Park, IL (10/2004) – 77 reports

2. Tinley Park Lights, Tinley Park, IL (10/2005) – 72 reports

3. Tinley Park Lights, Tinley Park, IL (8/2004) – 45 reports

4. Blue-Green Fireball, the Midwest (7/1997) – 48 reports
Illinois section of St. Louis, near Belleville and Fairview Heights

5. Blue-Green Fireball, the Midwest (Chicago suburbs) (11/1999) – 43 reports

6. Rockford Lights, Rockford, IL (Jan 10, 2001) – 25 reports

One Rockford witness account stated:

Bright lights floating East over the city of Rockford, IL. When I first looked up in the sky and saw the lights, the first impression I had was I was seeing the Big Dipper Constellation. Then it struck me that the lights were rather bright and the Dipper is not orange, besides this being the wrong time of the year for it. I watched the lights for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, trying to get some kind of clue to what they were. The lights were moving from west to east at a rather slow rate of speed, so I didn’t take them for aircraft. The sky was mostly cloudy and the lights occasionally moved through one of these cloud banks. I didn’t hear any aircraft noises and the lights seemed to be moving rather aimlessly along their path anyway. I would have taken them for a group of hot air balloons, except I don’t think anyone would be crazy enough to take balloons that high at night in the middle of a January. The lights were circling each other and changing formations rather aimlessly as they headed east. There were no aircraft in pursuit of these lights nor did any chase while I watched them. If these were extraterrestrials, they obviously had a few beverages during their pit stop on Earth. I finally got in my car to head home to see if I could get my wife to see these, but they disappeared from my sight about five minutes after I started driving. I’m not one to put a lot of credence in reports of [Little Green Men] and abductions and those types of things, but I sure would like to find out what these were because I’ve never seen anything like them before.

The Rockford sightings and reports are located HERE