poetry-website-picApril is National Poetry Month!  The month is about celebrating American poets and encouraging people to read and write poetry. It is marked by thousands of events across the state, all of which celebrate poetry. In honor of the celebration, we want to honor Illinois poets.

There have been many great poets who lived and worked in Illinois. Featured here are a few of the best-known. We know there are many great poets out there. Are you an Illinois poet? Submit your best work and we may feature it. IlikeIllinois@gmail.com

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Illinois artist of the month: Sarah CappsSarah Capps was born, raised and educated in Illinois. She became passionate about art at a young age and obtained an MFA from Southern Illinois University in metalsmithing in 1972. Capps spent eight years teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Eastern Kentucky University before returning to Illinois, where she taught a variety of art classes at Rend Lake College for nearly 23 years. Now in retirement, Capps keeps busy by painting and making jewelry.

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Cave-In-Rock State Park

Located in southern Illinois, the heavily wooded Cave-In-Rock State Park sits across high bluffs overlooking the scenic Ohio River. The park is named after the 55-foot-wide cave that was carved out of limestone rock by water thousands of years ago.

Steeped in rich history dating back several centuries, Cave-In-Rock once served as shelter for Native Americans and French explorers. During the late 18th century and early 19th century, it was rumored to be frequented by outlaws. This reputation led the cave to be used as the backdrop for a scene in the 1962 movie “How the West Was Won.”

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Fountain Square EvanstonBoard members of the World Wildlife Fund named Evanston to lead the United States in observance of Earth Hour, an annual celebration of sustainability efforts.

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Northwestern_University_lakefill_panoramaU.S. News & World Report ranks every college in the United States annually, and four Illinois schools’ graduate programs ranked among the nation’s top 10 in their disciplines for the upcoming 2016 school year.

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