The only breeders I have found to be actively breeding and have a website in Il. Are:
Sweet Genes Rattery- I have read ALOT of nice things about her and her breeding lines.
Moonlit Waters- also read nice stuff about this breeder.
Patter Patter Rattery- I don't know anything about this breeder, but I have been doing some digging.
I stumbled on his name in the Goosemoose forum.
I have not talked to any of them personally. I didn't want to bug them with stupid questions and I like to read feed back and get info from word of mouth. All three have great websites tho
filled with tons of good info.
The breeders who are no longer breeding unfortunately because I had read really nice things about are:
Blaze Craze Rattery
The Rat Cave- still breeding but moved to California
I hope this will help anyone who is looking in Illinois narrow down your search. I didn't list all of the ones I found that are closed for now. Just the ones I remember. I also looked in IN.,WI. And MI. But all are around 3 hours or more drive from Chicago. Good luck