1912, Mrs. Ella Park Lawrence, State Regent of
the Daughters of the American Revolution, began
a campaign to create an official state banner to
represent the state of Illinois in the
Continental Memorial Hall in Washington, DC.
Visiting all of the state Chapters of the D.A.R.,
Mrs Lawrence lobbied most vigorously. A $25.00
prize was offered to the Chapter submitting the
judges evaluated thirty-five designs and
eventually selected the entry designed by Miss
Lucy Derwent of the Rockford Chapter.
design was approved by both houses of the
General Assembly and became law on July 16, 1915
without the signature of Governor Edward F.
Dunn. This flag flew proudly over Illinois for
serving in Vietnam, Chief Petty Officer Bruce
McDaniel of Waverly became concerned over a
deficiency of design of his Illinois State Flag.
One of many state flags that hung in his mess
hall, its identity was consistently questioned.
McDaniel requested that the design of the flag
be amended to include the state's name.
to amend the original act of 1915 was sponsored,
approved by the General Assembly and signed by
Governor Ogilvie on September 17, 1969. This
bill authorized a new flag to carry the state's
Olgilvie appointed a committee consisting of the
State Historian, the Director of the Illinois
Information Service and the State Records
Archivist to develop specifications for the new
flag to ensure uniformity in production and
color by flag makers. Mrs. Sanford Hutchison of
Greenfield was brought in to assist. Mrs.
Hutchison had previously done extensive research
on the design for the State Seal and she submitted a design for
this new flag that was accepted by the
committee, the Secretary of State and the
Governor on July 1, 1970.
includes the emblem of the Illinois State Shield
on a white field. The name of the state
represented by the flag, Illinois, is printed
below the emblem in blue upper case letters.
Bald Eagle, representing the United States,
holds a red streamer in its beak. The State
Motto, "State sovereignty, national union" means
that Illinois governs itself under the
government of the United States. In the Bald
Eagle's talons is a shield with thirteen bars
and thirteen stars representing the original
thirteen colonies. The date Illinois was
admitted to the Union and the date of the State
Seal are printed on the boulder. The ground
around the boulder symbolizes the rich soil of
this prairie state.
want more information on the State Flags of the
United States, you might want to check
How Proudly They Wave: Flags of the Fifty States by Rita D. Haban. This book is
geared toward kids... and for adults like me who
want to know about the history and design
significance of the flags of all fifty states
but can't find this information in an expensive