Illinois State Symbols

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.

Illinois State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

American Folk Dance Square Dance
Amphibian Eastern Tiger Salamander
(Ambystoma tigrinum)
Animal White-tailed Deer
(Odocoileus virginianus)
Artifact Pirogue - 2016
Bird Cardinal
(Cardinalis cardinalis)
Fish Bluegill
(Lepomis macrochirus)
Flag State Flag
Flower Native Violet
(Viola sororia)
Fossil The Tully Monster
(Tullimonstrum gregarium)
Fruit Gold Rush Apple
(Malus xdomestica)
Insect Monarch Butterfly
(Danaus plexippus)
Language English
Mineral Flourite
(Calcium fluoride)
Motto "State Sovereignty, National Union"
Nicknames "Land of Lincoln"
Pie Pumpkin pie - August 14, 2015
Prairie Grass Big Bluestem
(Andropogon gerardii)
Quarter Illinois State Quarter
Reptile Painted Turtle
(Chrysemys picta picta)
Seal Great Seal
Slogan "Land of Lincoln"
Snack food Popcorn
Soil Drummer Series*
Song "Illinois"
Theatre The Great American People Show
Tree White Oak
(Fagaceae Quercus alba)
Vegetable Sweet corn - July 16, 2015
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