Handcrafted by Kerry Brooks - Minnesota “Illinois” is an Algonquin word meaning Men or Warriors. Illinois was discovered in 1673 and was settled in 1720. The state entered the Union on December 3, 1818. Illinois is surrounded by bodies of water on nearly every border. This Illinois shaped stoneware coaster is high fired with glass accents that create a unique design element. 6 3/4" long, 3 1/2" wide.