5 Truths and A Lie About Illinois; Can You Tell Which One is Which?
Illinois is commonly known for a lot of things, some good, most of them bad.
I have lived in this state my whole life, and I often get perturbed about how many bad Illinois things people from other states talk to me about. Sure, Illinois has its fair share of things to complain about, but what state doesn't?
When you spend each workday researching and reading about cool Illinois things, you gain a lot of fascinating knowledge, so I thought it would be fun to put it to good use.
Care to play a game? I'm calling this "5 Truths and a Lie About Illinois".
Here are some fun facts about the state of Illinois, but one of them is a often believed, but way untrue myth. Do you know which one it is?
1. Illinois Is Home to the Only River in the World That Flows Backward
2. Illinois Had Two Other State Capitals Before Springfield
3. Twinkies Were Invented on April 6, 1930, in Illinois
4. Your Case Must Be Dismissed If Police Don't Read You Your Rights in Illinois.
5. The Official Starting Point for the Historic Route 66 is in Illinois.
6. The First Round Silo Was Constructed in Illinois.
Did you spot the Illinois lie yet? Here's the answer...
Number 4 is a LIE!
According to this article about the Top 10 Illinois Criminal Law Myths;
The police are only required to read you your rights if they are conducting what is called a "custodial interrogation." In other words, you are in their custody and they are questioning you. If they break this rule, the remedy is that your statement is suppressed, but there is no requirement that the case be dismissed.
Keep that fact in mind the next time you get arrested.
Now let's get you a little more information about the 5 Illinois truths listed above;
- The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backward.
- The two other state capitals Illinois had before Springfield were Kaskaskia and Vandalia.
- Twinkies were invented on April 6, 1930, in River Forest, Illinois.
- The intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago was established as the official starting point for Route 66 by the Federal Highway Commission in 1926.
- A farmer in Spring Grove, Illinois is credited with constructing the world's first round storage silo.
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