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View Poll Results: What is your favorite "downstate" Illinois community?
Rockford 0 0%
Quad Cities 0 0%
Peoria 6 24.00%
Springfield 3 12.00%
Champaign/Urbana 11 44.00%
Decatur 1 4.00%
Bloomington/Normal 3 12.00%
MetroEast 4 16.00%
Carbondale 4 16.00%
Other (specify) 1 4.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 06-28-2013, 05:47 PM
 
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I've never personally been to Macomb, but from what I've seen on the forums, the two places (Charleston and Macomb) sound very similar. I don't know if I'd say Charleston is "bad" per se, but it is small and pretty damn boring for a college town.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:27 PM
 
Location: California
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I lived in Charleston for 2 years and you couldn't have paid me to stay there any longer. It's the armpit of Illinois.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I hear lots of bad things about Charleston but I don't really know. Is it comparable to Macomb with WIU?
I've only been in Macomb a couple times but they seemed pretty comparable.

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I lived in Charleston for 2 years and you couldn't have paid me to stay there any longer. It's the armpit of Illinois.
At least you didn't have to endure Mattoon. I made the mistake of moving there for my last year of school. Imagine Charleston without the university, and all the students, professors, academic staff, etc., are turned into townies with no hint of intellectual curiosity. That's Mattoon for you. That place made Charleston look like a beacon of enlightenment.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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I lived in Charleston for 2 years and you couldn't have paid me to stay there any longer. It's the armpit of Illinois.
That's a bit over-dramatic. Ever been to East St. Louis or Ford heights?
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: California
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That's a bit over-dramatic. Ever been to East St. Louis or Ford heights?
I said the armpit, not the ghetto, lol.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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To me, a place is not armpit unless it is COMPLETELY blighted. Charleston has some nice neighborhoods, not just the quasi run down ones. Thus, not an armpit to me.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Rockford! It gets a bad reputation for crime, but there are so many good things going on in the Forest City. As a resident of 3 years, I feel this city is unfairly looked down upon.....
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Here
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lol at Rockford and Quad cities being on the poll
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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I hear lots of bad things about Charleston but I don't really know. Is it comparable to Macomb with WIU?
Yep, though it's a tad bigger in population and things to do, vs. Macomb. Charleston is aided in amenities a slight bit, if only for the fact the shopping area in Mattoon isn't too far away, vs. the fact that the closest city of any size to Macomb with amenities is either Burlington, IA or Galesburg(take your pick). Plus it's only about slightly under an hour drive to the C-U area, which offers a lot more than Galesburg. BTW, I refuse to call it by a certain nickname I've heard for that area, and prefer to call the Champaign/Urbana area(and also Bloomington/Normal, while I'm at it) as C-U, and the latter as B-N.

I once visited both EIU and WIU years ago, and without a doubt I liked EIU better. If it wasn't for the fact a major I was interested in at the time(history, though I changed my mind later on) wasn't offered there, I might've ended up at EIU instead of Illinois State all those years ago. Though of course neither Macomb nor Charleston offered a lot in terms of things to do, I always had the suspicion Charleston would've been less boring, if just for the fact you could drive north to C-U in slightly under an hour.

As for downstate city(and lol at Rockford and Quad Cities being included in this poll, since my personal definition of downstate was always a little bit south of I-80, and that I'd also exclude Kankakee from my definition of downstate) I like the most, that's a very tough call. For me, it'd ultimately come down to being a dead heat between Bloomington, Champaign, and Peoria. I'd ultimately vote for B-N(that is if poll voting was still open and not closed, lol), if just for the fact I'm slightly biased for it from my time I spent going to ISU, and since it's a short trip away to the underrated city of Peoria. Also(nevermind the 'downstate' definition used here), I prefered the Iowa side of the Quad Cities better vs. the Illinois one, when I visited that area years ago.

Sad I haven't been able to revisit Peoria in forever. And ditto with C-U, which is still great in its own respects.
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Illinois
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Too bad the poll is closed because I would have voted for Springfield. I have lived there for 8 years now and liked it very much. Of course it helps that I'm a history buff and somewhat of a political junkie :-) One of the things I like about Springfield is the fact that you can, literally, see and meet people from all over the world there -- the Lincoln sites and Route 66 attract foreign as well as domestic tourists. The cost of living is relatively low as well. And you can get to just about any other major city in Illinois pretty quickly via the interstate. Also there is an amazing amount of local live theater activity -- much more than there used to be. There are several amateur theater companies (Springfield Theater Center, The Muni, The Legacy Theatre, Dynamic Patterns, Theater in the Park at New Salem, UIS Theater) and they are all, in my opinion, quite good.
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