Illinois - State Flag - For Outdoor Use
We have this Illinoisan state flag available in two materials, so, no matter what the weather conditions are in your area, we've got you covered! The standard finishing for outdoor use is with heading and grommets.
- 100% Made in the USA - This means that our flags are manufactured and assembled here in the USA, with materials made in the USA. Made in the USA has been our guiding principle since Flags USA was established in 1987.
- Heading and Grommet Style - This flag has a sturdy duck cloth heading and two #2 solid brass grommets.
- Choice of Nylon or Polyester Material - We offer this flag in two materials. The nylon version is available in more sizes than the polyester version, however. (See below for help deciding which material you should choose.)
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Illinois - Flag Facts
Until 1915, there was no official flag of Illinois. The campaign for an official Illinois State flag began in 1911 when Mrs. Ella Park Lawrence was elected Illinois State Regent of the society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). While attending the annual D.A.R. National Congress in Washington DC, she noticed that Illinois was not represented in the state flag display.
Upon returning home, she discovered that Illinois had no official State flag. She began a campaign to promote interest in getting one designed. She contacted every D.A.R. chapter in Illinois and offered a $25.00 prize to the one that submitted the best design. Thirty-five designs were submitted. A panel of four judges selected the entry submitted by Miss Lucy Derwent of the Rockford Chapter.
Miss Derwent’s entry included the state’s seal on a white background. The seal includes the Bald Eagle (representing the United States of America) holding a red streamer in its beak. A shield with thirteen bars and thirteen stars (representing the original thirteen colonies) are in its talons. The boulder includes the date Illinois was admitted to the Union (1818) and the date the State seal was approved (1868). The ground around the boulder symbolizes Illinois’ rich soil. The motto "State sovereignty, national union" (meaning that Illinois governs itself under the government of the United States of America) is also included.
The state name, Illinois, was added to the flag in 1969. Chief Petty Officer Bruce McDaniel of Waverly requested that the design of the flag be amended to include the State's name. He explained that while serving in Vietnam, people were unable to identify the Illinois flag among other state flags which hung in the mess hall. A bill to amend the original flag design to include “Illinois” was approved by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Ogilvie in 1969.