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Illinois Greeting: llinois' division between "upstate" and "downstate" is represented by Chicago's skyline at the lower right, with the Sears Tower, the nation's tallest skyscraper, readily recognizable, and ears of golden corn representing the state's rich agricultural economy at the upper left.

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Illinois State Slogan

"Land of Lincoln"Land of Lincoln: Illinois State Slogan

Adopted in 1955.

The "Land of Lincoln" was adopted as the Illinois State Slogan in 1955. Abraham Lincoln (the sixteenth president of the United States) is recognized for his noble vision, statemanship, humanity, and political skill. He is one of this country's most enduring symbols of democracy.

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, is recognized for his noble vision, statesmanship, humanity, and political skill. He is one of the country's most enduring symbols of democracy. The slogan "Land of Lincoln" certainly describes Illinois well. The slogan "Land of Lincoln" certainly describes Illinois well. Abraham Lincoln moved to Macon County, Illinois from Indiana in 1830 when he was 21 years old. He lived in Illinois until he became president in 1861.

In addition to serving as President of the United States, Lincoln represented Illinois in the U. S. House of Representatives for one term (1847-1849). He was a member of the Illinois State Legislature from 1834 to 1841 (four terms).

Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois home is a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service. The Lincoln tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois is a State Historic Site. It is one of the most visited sites in Illinois.

Illinois State Slogan: "Land of Lincoln"

How did it become a state symbol?

(from Illinois Blue Book, 1993-1994)

The slogan that appears on Illinois license plates was adopted in 1955 by the General Assembly. In that same year. the US Congress passed a special act granting to the State of Illinois a copyright for exclusive use of the "Land of Lincoln" insignia.

Illinois Law

The law designating the "Land of Lincoln"  as the official Illinois state slogan is found in the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Government, Chapter 5, State Designations Act, Section 30.

GENERAL PROVISIONS
(5 ILCS 460/) State Designations Act.
5 ILCS 460/30) (from Ch. 1, par. 2901-30)

Sec. 30. State slogan. The slogan "Land of Lincoln" is designated the official slogan of the State of Illinois. (Source: P.A. 87-273.)




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