List of Illinois state symbols

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This is a list of official symbols for the U.S. state of Illinois:

State symbols[edit]

Illinois centennial flag
1918
Type Symbol Image Law[notes 1][1] Year adopted
Amphibian Eastern tiger salamander
(Ambystoma tigrinum)
Tiger salamander.jpg 5 ILCS 460/85 2005[2]
Animal White-tailed deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
White-tailed deer.jpg 5 ILCS 460/45 1982[2]
Artifact Pirogue 5 ILCS 460/63 2017[1]
Bird Northern cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Cardinal.jpg 5 ILCS 460/10 1929[2]
Exercise Cycling Chicago Bicycle Program.jpg 5 ILCS 460/67 2018[1]
Fish Bluegill
(Lepomis macrochirus)
Lepomis macrochirus UMFS 2014 2.JPG 5 ILCS 460/50 1986[2]
Flower Violet
(Viola spp.)
Purple violet 5 ILCS 460/40 1908[2][3]
Folk dance Square dance 5 ILCS 460/65 1990[4]
Fruit Gold Rush Apple
(Malus × domestica)
Gold Rush PK1 jm26174 ji.jpg 5 ILCS 460/57 2007[1]
Fossil Tully monster
(Tullimonstrum gregarium)
Tullimonstrum gregarium 343.JPG 5 ILCS 460/60 1989[3]
Grain Corn 5 ILCS 460/56.5 2018[5]
Insect Monarch butterfly
(Danaus plexippus)
Monarch In May.jpg 5 ILCS 460/15 1975[2]
Mineral Fluorite
(Calcium fluoride)
Fluorite with Iron Pyrite.jpg 5 ILCS 460/25 1965[3]
Motto "State sovereignty, national union" 5 ILCS 460/5[notes 2] 1818[6]
Nickname "The Prairie State" Traditional[3]
Pet Shelter dogs and shelter cats 5 ILCS 460/47 2017[1]
Pie Pumpkin pie Pumpkin Pie.jpg 5 ILCS 460/100 2016[1]
Prairie grass Big bluestem
(Andropogon gerardii)
Andropogon gerardii.jpg 5 ILCS 460/55 1989[3]
Reptile Painted turtle
(Chrysemys picta)
Terrapene sierschildpad Chrysemys picta.jpg 5 ILCS 460/90 2006[1]
Rock Dolostone 2022[7]
Slogan "Land of Lincoln" 5 ILCS 460/30 1955[3]
Snackfood Popcorn Popcorn up close salted and air popped.jpg 5 ILCS 460/80 2004[1]
Snake Eastern milk snake 2022[8]
Soil Drummer silty clay loam
(mesic Typic Endoaquoll)
5 ILCS 460/75 2001[1]
Song "Illinois" 5 ILCS 460/35 1925[9]
Tartan Illinois Saint Andrew Society Tartan 5 ILCS 460/95 2012[1]
Theatre The Great American People Show 5 ILCS 460/70 1995[1]
Tree White oak
(Quercus alba)
(replaced "Native Oak" adopted in 1908)
Quercus alba.jpg 5 ILCS 460/40 1973[2][3]
Vegetable Sweet corn 5 ILCS 460/56 2015[1]
Wildflower Milkweed
(Asclepias spp.)
Asclepiascommon.JPG 5 ILCS 460/43 2017[1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Unless otherwise indicated, entries are defined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 5 (General Provisions), State Designations Act (5 ILCS 460/)
  2. ^ The motto is defined in the original legislation defining the state seal. The legislation has been renewed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m State Designations Act, Illinois General Assembly, retrieved 2019-05-20
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "State Symbols". Illinois.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Illinois State Symbols, Department of Natural Resources, retrieved 2019-05-20
  4. ^ "Illinois official Dance". State Symbols. Illinois State museum.
  5. ^ Janssen, Kim (December 28, 2017). "Exciting days for corn lovers as corn to become official state grain of Illinois". Chicago Tribune.
  6. ^ Seal of the State of Illinois, Illinois.gov, retrieved 2019-05-20
  7. ^ "Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of Public Act 102-1044". www.ilga.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  8. ^ "press-release". www.illinois.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  9. ^ James Krohe Jr. (July 7, 2016), "Everybody join in: Illinois needs a new state song for a new era", Illinois Times, retrieved 2019-05-20