For many Chicagoans, the land south of Interstate 80 is a different state. For downstate Illinoisans living south of Interstate 80, Chicago is the area they want to make a different state.
Hmm, sounds like there are some differences there.
Our esteemed executive editor Matthew Dietrich is from Springfield, so he has a pretty good grasp of the differences between Chicago and downstate Illinois. He put together a list of 10 differences that are highly accurate and highly amusing, especially if you've lived in both parts of Illinois.