I could punt and say "We have two Illinois Avenues", but that seems a surrender. So what's the plural of Illinois? Clearly it's pronounced Illinoyze, but how is it spelled? Illinoises? Illiniwek?

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Are you sure?
but how is it spelled? Illinoises? Illiniwek?

Illinoix, like the plural of "chamois".
I could punt and say "We have two Illinois Avenues", but that seems a surrender. So what's the plural of Illinois? Clearly it's pronounced Illinoyze, but how is it spelled? Illinoises? Illiniwek?

Aren't members of their sports teams called the Illini?
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I could punt and say "We have two Illinois Avenues", but that seems a surrender. So what's the plural of Illinois? Clearly it's pronounced Illinoyze, but how is it spelled? Illinoises? Illiniwek?

Two Illinois. It's like one Swiss or two Swiss. Anyway in ths case the plural is evident in avenues.
Aren't members of their sports teams called the Illini?

While googling Illini, I came across "Umgawa":
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Two Illinois. It's like one Swiss or two Swiss. Anyway in ths case the plural is evident in avenues.

WHAT are you all talking about? "Illinois" doesn't have a plural because there's only ONE Illinois! If I were to say, "there are there Illinois Streets in the city", the "Illinois" part would even BE pluralised! Just as if I were to say, "there are two Dog Streets here", the word "Dog" is not pluralised. You people really do not seem to understand the English language!

The only way "Illinois" would ever* be pluralised is if a citizen of Illinois is referred to as AN "Illinois". Then, two citizens of Illinois would be TWO of whatever the plural of that is. But, being that I *doubt that "an 'Illinois'" is what an Illinois citizen is called, I don't think you need to worry about what that plural might be.
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While googling Illini, I came across "Umgawa":

I nominate the above for the title of "most bewildering sentence ever uttered"..r
I could punt and say "We have two Illinois Avenues", ... it's pronounced Illinoyze, but how is it spelled? Illinoises? Illiniwek?

Aren't members of their sports teams called the Illini?

Just the ones at University of Illinois, and they are "the Fighting Illini".
WHAT are you all talking about? "Illinois" doesn't have a ... in the city", the "Illinois" part would(n't) even BE pluralised!

Ifypfy. The OP meant, I think, to pluralize 'Illinois' a la someone's saying, "You wanna go to Canal Street? Which Canal? We got two Canals in town".

I would "We've got two Illinois Streets in town."

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