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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Illinois State Museum, Illinois State Symbols and Their History, <http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/symbols/index.html> (Accessed January 25, 2010)
|Great seal||Find out more...||1818
|Flower||Native violet (Violaceae)||1908|
|Flag||Find out more...||1915
|Song||"Illinois," words by C.H. Chamberlain, music by Archibald Johnson||1925|
|Bird||Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)||1929|
|Slogan||Land of Lincoln||1955|
|Mineral||Fluorite, natural crystalline form of calcium fluoride.||1965|
|Tree||White oak (Quercus alba)||1973|
|Insect||Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)||1975|
|Animal||White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)||1982|
|Fossil||The Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium)||1989|
|Prairie grass||Big bluestem (Adropogon gerardii Vitman)||1989|
|American folk dance||Square dance||1990|
|Fish||Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)||1991|
|Theatre||The Great American People Show, Illinois' Official State Theatre of Lincoln and the American Experience.||1995|
|Amphibian||Eastern Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)||2005|
|Reptile||Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)||2005|
|Fruit||GoldRush Apple (Malus xdomestica Borkh)||2007|
|Tartan||Illinois Saint Andrew Society tartan||2012|
The Illinois Legislature, called the Illinois General Assembly, offers How a Bill Becomes Law in Illinois, a simple chart, to help us understand how laws are made in Illinois. An Illinois Legislative Glossary provides term definition.
For the adventurous, Preface to Lawmaking may be interesting. This book is a comprehensive guide to the history and present functioning of the General Assembly, specifically designed for new legislators. It atttempts to put together basic information about the constitutional provisions directly affecting the legislative process; the structure of the General Assembly; legislative procedures for passage of bills and other activities; legislative salary, fringe benefits, and office operations; and staff and other support for legislators. (148 pages)
Illinois State Symbols and Their History: from the Illinois State Museum.
Illinois Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Illinois symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.
State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."
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