Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Proposed Bill Would Abolish Most of Illinois' State Symbols

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Proposed Bill Would Abolish Most of Illinois' State Symbols

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. * A bill proposed in the Illinois Senate would get rid of state symbols, such as the state bird, flower and state animal, among many others.

State Sen. Tom Rooney, R-Rolling Meadows, proposed the bill, The State Journal-Register reported. He says having too many state symbols has decreased the value of the "important" ones.

"I think that by overuse, the value of a state designation drops every time we add a new one," Rooney said. "I thought maybe, except a flag, a seal and a slogan and a state song, pretty much anything beyond that is something that's overused. Therefore, we need to push a little value back into these things."

Rooney's legislation would only keep the state flag, seal, motto and song.

"It's not my personal intention to insult anyone's work in the past," he said. …

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