Illinois Flag History
Adopted: June 27, 1969
Illinois Flag Design: Seal of Illinois on a white field
Designed by Sharon Tyndale
Illinois has had two official state flags. The first Illinois flag was adopted on July 6, 1915, after a vigorous campaign by Mrs. Ella Park Lawrence, state regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Following a contest among Illinois DAR chapters to design an Illinois flag, the Rockford chapter’s entry, designed by Miss Lucy Derwent, was chosen. State Sen. Raymond D. Meeker introduced a bill making the DAR’s design the official state flag, and it became law on July 6, 1915.
More than 50 years later, a move to design a new flag was initiated by Chief Petty Officer Bruce McDaniel of Waverly, then serving in Vietnam. The identity of the Illinois flag hanging among other state flags in his mess hall was often questioned because it did not carry the state’s name. Therefore, McDaniel requested the word "Illinois" be added to the flag.
A bill to amend the original Flag Act of 1915 was sponsored by State Rep. Jack Walker of Lansing and a new flag with the word “Illinois” was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie on Sept. 17, 1969. Ogilvie then appointed a committee to develop specifications for the new state flag to ensure its uniformity of design and color in its reproduction by flag makers.
Mrs. Sanford Hutchison of Greenfield, who had done extensive research on the official design of the state seal, submitted a flag design that contained all the required elements as specified by law. Her design — a white field with the word "Illinois" and an exact replica of the state seal — became the official state flag of Illinois on July 1, 1970.
NOT ALL ILLINOIS STATE FLAGS ARE THE SAME!
Extra care is taken in making these flags. Flag designs are researched to ensure that they are authentic and current. We use sturdy fabrics, allowing the flags to be flown outdoors, indoors, or carried in parades.
Constructed with 100% Heavy Duty Nylon (digital dyed) ★ Beautiful, brilliant colors ★ Resistant to wear and tear of sun & rain ★ Complete with heavy canvas heading & brass grommets to meet the most demanding commercial and residential uses.
- All outdoor flags are finished with heavy-duty thread, polyester heading, brass grommets, and four needle fly hem
- State flags constructed to precise specifications
- Flies in the slightest breeze
- Proudly Made In The USA
- Beautiful Presentation - This Illinois Flag makes an excellent gift for friends, parents, or to PROUDLY display on your HOME or OFFICE.
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- Rich, Vivid Colors
- Mildew Resistant
- Sheds Water
- Lightweight for Flyability
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"Illinois Handbook of Government: 2007-2008" Secretary of State of Illinois