Illinois Flag

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Illinois Flag


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Representations of current state and territory flags in a full range of bright, durable
colors.

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Representations of current state and territory flags in a full range of bright, durable
colors. Nylon (digital dyed) or 2-ply polyester material (screen dyed) to meet the most demanding commercial and residential uses. All outdoor flags are finished with polyester heading and brass grommets. Please call for 2 ply poly or larger size prices. 877-352-4755
All outdoor flags are finished with polyester heading and brass grommets. Please call for 2 ply poly or larger size prices. 877-352-4755

Illinois Flag

Mrs. Ella Park Lawrence, of Galesburg, was elected Illinois State Regent of the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) in 1911. As State Regent, she was required to attend the National Congress at the D.A.R. headquarters in Washington, D.C. each year. While attending a meeting in Memorial Continental Hall, she noticed that among the State flags hanging in the hall, there was none representing Illinois. Mrs. Lawrence determined to remedy this situation.

She found that Illinois had no official State flag and, in 1912, she began a vigorous campaign to adopt a design for an official State banner for the State of Illinois. Mrs. Lawrence visited D.A.R. chapters across the State and lobbied State officials and members of the Illinois General Assembly in her efforts to promote interest in an official State flag. She sent a letter to every D.A.R. chapter in Illinois, offering a $25.00 prize to the organization that submitted the best design for an official State flag.
Four judges, led by Secretary of State Lewis G. Stevenson, evaluated thirty-five designs in 1913 and 1914. They eventually selected the entry submitted by Miss Lucy Derwent of the Rockford Chapter. Miss Derwent’s design featured the pictorial content of the 1868 Great Seal of the State of Illinois on a white field.

State Senator Raymond D. Meeker introduced the flag bill in the Illinois Senate. The design was approved by both houses of the General Assembly and became official on July 16, 1915 when Governor Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne allowed the bill to become law without his signature. The law stipulated that the design be reproduced in black or in color on the white background.

Mrs. Lawrence requested five hand-made flags. Three by five feet in size, they were made of silk taffeta and bound with a yellow fringe. The design was painted on each flag using oil-based paints. One flag was given to the National Headquarters of the D.A.R. and another given to the State organization. The remaining three were distributed to Secretary of State Stevenson, Governor Dunne, and the Illinois State Historical Society. One of these original flags currently hangs in the Henry Knox Room at the Knox County Courthouse.
Illinois Flag Law

The following information was excerpted from the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 5.

CHAPTER 5 – GENERAL PROVISIONS.
(5 ILCS 460/) State Designations Act.
(5 ILCS 460/5) (from Ch. 1, par. 2901-5)
Sec. 5. State seal. (a) The reproduction of the emblem only on the “great seal of the State of Illinois” is authorized and permitted when reproduced in black or in the national colors upon a white sheet or background and bearing underneath the emblem in blue letters the word “Illinois” and being an actual reproduction of the great seal, except for the outer ring, for use as a State banner or insignia under the conditions and subject to the restrictions provided by the laws of the United States and the State of Illinois as to the United States or State flag or ensign.
(b) It is lawful for the Secretary of State as custodian of the “great seal of the State of Illinois” to permit at his or her discretion the inspection and examination of the seal for the purpose of copying or reproducing the emblem only on the great seal for the uses and purposes authorized by this Section. (Source: P. A. 87?273.)

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Weight 2 lbs
Size

12” x 18” Illinois nylon flag $11.00, 2 X 3 Illinois nylon flag $19.00, 3 x 5 Illinois nylon flag $28.00, 4 x 6 Illinois nylon flag $49.00, 5 x 8 Illinois nylon flag $75.00, 6 x 10 Illinois nylon flag $133.00, 8 x 12 Illinois nylon flag $225.00, 10 x 15 Illinois nylon flag $270.00, 12 x 18 Illinois nylon flag $310.00

Pole Hem and Fringe

No Thanks, 2 x 3 add $20.00, 3 x 5 add $28.00, 4 x 6 add $31.00, 5 x 8 add $38.00, 6 x 10 add $50.00

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