I was actually born further south than Marion......so I consider pretty much anything north of I-64 as "Northern Illinois". I have to spend all of next week in Chicago for a training class and I'm REALLY not looking forward to having to go unarmed, lol.
Peoria Area here. I am an IN transplant. My parents came to IL from Evansville, IN. Dad got a job at Cat and I was born here. Lived in this area all of my life except when I was in the Army. Not real fond of IL and all the Chicago dirty anti-gun politics, but at my age, ain't gonna go nowhere else. I'm stuck here and have to make best of a bad situation.