Illinois

The Prairie State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • White field

  • Eagle holding banner and shield

  • Banner “State Sovereignty, National Union” (state motto)

  • Boulder “1868” and “1818”

  • Sun, river, and grass background

  • “Illinois”

The flag of Illinois was adapted June 27, 1969.

The Illinois flag was ranked 49th in the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 American and Canadian flags.

Keep it simple: There are many small details on this flag. If it was viewed from 100 ft away (like on a flag pole) it would be hard to see the detailing in the eagle, the river, the sun, the grass, and the banner.

Use meaningful symbolism: The dates are the rock have meanings behind them. “1818” is the year that Illinois became a state. “1868” is the year the seal of Illinois was designed. The design of this flag is the inside of the state seal.  

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see twelve colors being used.

No lettering or seals: This is the inside of the seal and it does have lettering.

Be distinctive or be related: Being a white flag gives this flag distinction, however, it is one of thirty flags to feature the state seal. 

The Redesign

Keep it simple: I based this redesign of the proposed Centennial flag and the Chicago flag. There is twenty-one stars, ten red above a blue bar, ten red below, and one white six point star on the blue bar.

Use meaningful symbolism: The twenty-one stars represent Illinois as the twenty-first state. The red stars on the flag are representative of the other twenty states (ten northern and ten southern) and the white six point star symbolizes Illinois. The Chicago flag uses six point stars because they were unique to flags. The use of it on this flag  is to emphazies the uniqueness of the state.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used.

No lettering or seals: I have taken out the seal and lettering.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct yet relates to the Chicago flag.