Nuclear Threats: These Are The Biggest Targets In Illinois
In the 1990s a map of every state was created and shared looking at the threat level of every town, city, and area in a state. The site goes on to state,
At the bottom of this page is the 1990 FEMA nuclear target map for Illinois. It was just a conceptual map about the nuclear threat. Even an all-out nuclear war - did not by any means mean that every site would be hit. For some states VERY FEW and POSSIBLY / PROBABLY NONE of the sites will be hit but others may have some very significant targets. Because circumstances have changed since 1990 some of the targets in many of the maps should be removed and possibly there are others that should be added.
You can see that map here.
Obviously, this list has been updated since the 90s. For instance, this list has The Zion Nuclear Generating Station as a target, this location was closed in 1998.
Zion Nuclear Power Station was the third dual-reactor nuclear power plant in the Commonwealth Edison network and served Chicago and the northern quarter of Illinois. The plant was built in 1973, and the first unit started producing power in December 1973. The second unit came online in September 1974
You can learn more here.
Compared to places like Iowa, Illinois has major cities making many spots likely targets. One spot is the Quad Cities part of Iowa and Illinois.
Quad Cities, Iowa & Illinois
The QC is made up of two Iowa cities, and three Illinois cities. It's a well-known location off of the Mississippi River, and it is also next to the Quad Cities Generating Station which is a two-unit nuclear power plant located near Cordova, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River. It's on the Illinois side, but gets lumped in with The Quad Cites making the two Iowa cities (Davenport, and Bettendorf) a target. The Rock Island Arsenal is also a contributor to why the QC might be targeted.
Other Likely Illinois Targets
Again this is an extreme situation and should not be something we stress over our entire life. This is for informational purposes only.
This city is on the Mississippi River in Madison County, Illinois, United States. It is also only 18 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. Being this close to a major city, and being large itself gets it put onto this list.
Sitting just over an hour away from Lasalle nuclear power plant, this large city sitting on the Illinois River is seen as a target in the state of Illinois. If not Peoria the surrounding area is a target. (closer to Lasalle)
The state capital of Illinois and the land of lincoln would make for a large target for enemies of the USA. Even in the 90's, this spot was seen as a "high target value."
This spot is ranked number 4 out of the most likely areas to be attacked in America as a whole. With a ranking that high it's safe to say this is most likely the highest target in Illinois. 24/7Wallst reports,
With four nuclear power plants within 50 miles of the city – the nearest not 20 miles away – Chicago is another possible civilian target. If these power plants are hit in addition to the city in a nuclear attack, it could exacerbate conditions in Chicago. Any attack on O’Hare International Airport, the world’s fourth largest, would severely cripple travel in North America.
It is reported that Illinois is prepared for a threat at this level. Newswttw reports,
In Illinois, officials are bolstering resources dedicated to nuclear threats, including adding more content on the topic on the website of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. In July, the agency plans to address the topic of radiation safety and preparedness during a monthlong campaign.
Again this is an extreme example, and we should not live in fear 24/7. Stay safe, but live your life!