I'm sorry to hear. Which area of the state? When I was travelling for work and stuck in Springfield, IL I went on Facebook and liked a couple local complexes and tournament pages and was able to pick up a couple times at Chatham and another dumpy park. All NSA it seemed down there.
When did Illini become a state? The state of Illinois is home to the University of Illinois (my alma mater), whose mascot is the Fighting Illini. Is that what you meant? The state is also 56,000 sq mi in size, so you're going to have to narrow it down for everyone here on the boards to help you out.
And, tsfingrocks, you played at Spartan. Nice place.