In my 2014 column “Name-calling” I explored the question of whether it is more appropriate to call Springfield residents Springfieldians or Springfielders.” I considered briefly same question as it pertains to residents of the U.S. but not to those of Illinois.
I learned today from the Washington Post that the good folks who live in Vermont are known as Vermonters. those in Maryland Marylanders, and so on in New York, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
“Ilinoisan” enjoys near-universal standing, although there are moments when any of us might think our neighbors would be better named Illinoyers. But, keeping in mind the results of the four most recent gubernatorial elections, the name by which Illinoisans were widely known in the early 1800s seem apt again: Suckers.