Not only has the Illinois state legislature proclaimed Springfield the chili capitol of the universe, they've also declared that chilli is the only correct spelling of the dish many of us associate with Texas or New Mexico, not the Midwest. Springfield is home to a number of chili places, but the Sterns say Joe Roger's Original Recipe Chili Parlor should be on your list to visit. Chili is served in many configurations at this updated diner that's been around since 1945, but don't expect Texas style or purist chili whatever combo you get. This chili is more akin to Midwest comfort food. Order 'chili' and you'll get just meat. Want beans? You have to ask for them as well as other add-ins on offer. The heat quotient ranges from mild to the blow-your-head-off J. R. Special.