I love the state of Illinois. I really do.
The same state that brought you San Jose (pronounced like San Joes), Athen (Aye-thens) and Cairo (Care-o) now bring not one, but two brilliantly original names for obscure, small central Illinois towns.
Part of me wonders: do the town’s residents tell everyone that they live in “Bear-lin” or “New Bear-Lin”? Something to think about.