That’s right, The Simpsons live in Illinois. Here are 20 reasons why

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Madison BondiReboot Illinois

Nov 10, 2014

The satirical, animated series, “The Simpsons,” has graced televisions for more than 25 years, making it America’s longest-running animated series and longest-running sitcom. Over all those years this show has provided viewers with lots of laughs and, surprisingly enough, education. Seriously. There are several colleges that offer a variety of Simpsons-themed courses.

While “The Simpsons” has shown us the lighter side of history, politics and pop culture, one thing they haven’t shown us is their home state. This ongoing gag has stirred up quite the tug-of-war among Simpsons fans wanting to stake their claim on being the home of the famous yellow-tinted family. In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, the show’s creator Matt Groening said that he named the city, which the Simpson family calls home, after Springfield, Oregon. The keyword in that sentence: “named.” Now, I firmly believe that after naming the city, the show’s writers and even the creator himself, found there could be only one Springfield in this country that could possibly hold all that wackiness, political corruption and loveable people; and that’s Springfield, Illinois. Don’t believe it? Check out the list below for proof that the Simpsons live in Illinois:

20. Fracking was introduced to “The Simpsons” community, and coincidentally, around the same time this episode aired Illinois had just passed regulations that will allow fracking to begin in the state:


19. Nearby towns mentioned in “The Simpsons”: Springfield, Shelbyville, Ogdenville (Pretty darn close to Ogden, IL).

Springfields simpsons live in illinois


18. Politicians who seem to serve forever? Yep, Illinois has got that down pat. Both Springfields make it pretty near impossible to pass term limits.


17. Nuclear power is important to both of us, as Illinois has more nuclear power plants than any other state in the nation.

simpsons set in illinois

16. The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta, was born in Illinois, and is a Northern Illinois University alum; obviously “The Simpsons” creators wanted a native who could capture the Illinois accent.

dan_castellanetanorthern illinois university alumni


15. During the “couch gag” at the beginning of the episode “The Ziff Came to Dinner,” the screen pans out to the map of the United States, and the location is smack-dab over Illinois.

simpsons live in illinois 5

14. We think everyone will agree that some corrupt Illinois politician has done this at some point:

Quimby bribe
13. We share the same complaint about our leadership: They’re never in Springfield. Gov. Pat Quinn only resided in Springfield 14% of 2012, while Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby’s appearance was so rare that it made the front page of the newspaper:



12. In the episode, “Blood Feud,” Mr. Burns sends a letter to the Simpsons household, and the addresses say, “Springfield, IL.”

11. Springfield, Illinois’ downtown and “The Simpsons’” Springfield downtown look very similar:

springfield downtown

10. Both Springfields have a Lake Springfield! Our Springfield’s power plant is coal-powered, not nuclear, and no three-eyed fish have been reported there. But still.

lake springfield post card Welcome_to_Lake_Springfield

9. Both of us want lower taxes, but don’t want our services cut.


8. Adlai Stevenson II’s headstone is located in the Simpsons’ Springfield cemetery — however, Adlai Stevenson II’s grave site is actually in Bloomington, Illinois, but you get the point.

Adlai Stevenson II
7. This attack ad from the episode “Sideshow Bob Roberts” bears a striking resemblance to an attack ad from the Illinois 2014 Election:

6. It’s common for taxpayer money to go missing:

5. Mayor Quimby loves slush funds and kickbacks, so do corrupt Illinois politicians:

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith was convicted on bribery charges in June 2014.


4. In the episode “Sideshow Bob Roberts,” Republican candidate Sideshow Bob won the election with votes from dead voters. Illinois politics made the dead voter scheme famous!

3. The “Budget Deficit Rag,” might as well be the Illinois state song:

2. Krusty the clown bears a resemblance to another TV clown from Illinois: Bozo.


1. And finally: The government seal for Springfield in “The Simpsons” is quite similar to Illinois’, complete with the motto: Corruptus in Extremis. How fitting.

Simpsons Corruptus Extremis


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