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Illinois State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Illinois Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Illinois is home to Chicago, the third most densely populated city in the United States, Illinois is a major hub for transportation and commerce. Students studying in Illinois can experience the culture and benefits of living in a major metropolitan area or in a vast countryside of farmland on the interior plains. Illinois is also the home of the current US president, Barack Obama.

Illinois was named for the Illinois Indians, Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. Illinois' capital is Springfield, which is the home of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Illinois state amphibian is the Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) and state reptile is the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta picta).

Illinois State Symbols is a state resource that contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Illinois state facts such as Illinois state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Illinois, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.

Illinois State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

State Symbols
Symbol Name - (Species)
American Folk Dance Square Dance 1990
Amphibian Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Feb 2,
Animal White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1982
Bird Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1929
Fish Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) 1986
Flag State Flag Jul 1,
Flower Native Violet (Viola sororia) Jul 1,
Fossil The Tully Monster (Tullimonstrum gregarium) 1989
Fruit Gold Rush Apple (Malus xdomestica) 2007
Insect Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Oct 1,
Language English 1969
Mineral Flourite (Calcium fluoride) 1965
Motto "State Sovereignty, National Union" 1818; 1868
Nicknames "Land of Lincoln" 1955
Prairie Grass Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) Aug 31,
Quarter Illinois State Quarter Jan 2, 2003
Reptile Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) 2005
Seal Great Seal 1788; 1868
Slogan "Land of Lincoln" 1955
Snack food Popcorn Jan 1,
Soil Drummer Series* 2001
Song "Illinois" 1925
Theatre The Great American People Show 1995
Tree White Oak (Fagaceae Quercus alba) 1907; 1973
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