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Illinois State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z 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)
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

American folk dance Square dance 1990
Artifact Pirogue 2016
Amphibian Eastern Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) 2005
Animal White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1982
Bird Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1929
Fish Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) 1991
Flag Find out more... 1915
Flower Native violet (Violaceae) 1908
Fossil The Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium) 1989
Fruit GoldRush apple (Malus xdomestica Borkh) 2007
Great seal Find out more... 1818
Insect Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1975
Language English 1969
Mineral Fluorite, natural crystalline form of calcium fluoride. 1965
Pie Pumpkin pie 2015
Prairie grass Big bluestem (Adropogon gerardii Vitman) 1989
Reptile Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) 2005
Slogan Land of Lincoln 1955
Soil Drummer series 2001
Song "Illinois," words by C.H. Chamberlain, music by Archibald Johnson 1925
Snackfood Popcorn 2004
Tartan Illinois Saint Andrew Society tartan 2012
Theatre The Great American People Show, Illinois' Official State Theatre of Lincoln and the American Experience. 1995
Tree White oak (Quercus alba) 1973
Vegetable Sweet corn 2015

Making laws in Illinois

The Illinois Legislature, called the Illinois General Assembly, offers How a Bill Becomes Law in Illinoisadobe document, 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 Lawmakingadobe document 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)

Additional Information

Illinois State Symbols and Their History: from the Illinois State Museum.

Illinois Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

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
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

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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