Illinois State Flag
The State Flag of Illinois is
dominated by the image of the American Bald Eagle depicting the
motto "State sovereignty, national union" in its beak. A shield
depicting the stars and bars is also prominent. The flag serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.
Date entered the Union: 1818
Illinois is the 21st state
Date the flag was adopted:1915,
modified in 1970
Facts on the Illinois State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the
State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be
flown every day in the 21st state
when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be
flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed
outdoors in the "Prairie State", it should be flown from a flagpole
Fact 3: The Illinois
ensign may be flown at night when properly lighted
Fact 4: The
flagpole may be at least two and one-half times as long
as the Illinois flag
Illinois State Flag
Illinois State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to
represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. Illinois State
car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home.
Car flags are usually made from strong materials and are
attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.
History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the
Illinois State Flag
The Illinois flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the
"Prairie State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the Illinois State Flag are not arbitrary but have a
definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the
Illinois State Flag are as follows:
Date of Statehood: 3 December 1818
(21st state) "Prairie State" Flag Ratio: 3:5
What is the design of
the Illinois state flag?
The design is of the
Great Seal of Illinois on a white field (background)
The eagle carries a
shield in its talons.
The shield held by
the eagle depicts stars and stripes representing the
original thirteen states of the Union.
The shield rests on
an olive branch that is a symbol of peace
Two dates are written
on the gray rock. 1868 is the date the seal was adopted.
1818 is the year of statehood
What does the eagle
heraldry the eagle was a symbol held by men of action
and ingenuity, occupied with weighty affairs.
The eagle was
intended to at once to recall the great Roman Republic
and at the same time be uniquely American (the Bald
Eagle being indigenous to North America).
The American Bald eagle is depicted with its wings
"displayed" which is a symbol of protection.
What are the colors
and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
The color white is a
symbol of peace and honesty
The American combination of
red, white and blue symbolizes revolution and freedom
What is the shape and
flag ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is
The ratio is 3:5
meaning it is 3 units tall for every 5 units wide.
Who designed the Illinois
The name of the
original designer was by Lucy Derwent (who had won a
contest in 1913), but was redesigned in 1970 by Mrs.
What is the history
of the Illinois State Flag?
The original flag was
created in a contest sponsored by the Daughters of the
The prize of $25 was
won by the Rockford Chapter and was approved by the
General Assembly on July 6, 1915
On September 17, 1969
the name of the state was added to the flag
When was the Illinois
State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th
& 20th centuries)
It was officially adopted June
The Illinois flag is kept and used as required by the
code specified in the constitution of the state.
Illinois State Flag for Kids
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"State sovereignty, national union"
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