The Illinois state flag could be changing soon

Staff Report

A bill to change Illinois’ state flag was recently filed by State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield).

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The bill calls for the creation of a 21-person committee tasked with making recommendations to the General Assembly on a potential redesign of the state flag by September 2024.

This would be the first change to the design since it was first adopted in 1915, and since 1969 when the word “Illinois” was added underneath.

Major General Richard R. Neely, Commander of the Illinois National Guard, left, and Lt. Col. Jason Celletti, commander of the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment, middle, present an Illinois flag to Gov. JB Pritzker during a mobilization ceremony for the regiment Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023 at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria.

The current design features an eagle standing on a rock with a shield beneath its feet. The proposed changes are designed to encourage civic engagement and bring attention to new designs, which could potentially have significant historical or cultural significance.

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The idea has gained support from some members of both parties in Springfield and is scheduled to be heard in committee Wednesday.