Mrs. Ella Park Lawrence, a State Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, lobbied in 1912 for the creation of an official Illinois state flag. After visiting all of the state chapters of the D.A.R a $25.00 prize was offered to the chapter with the best design submission. There were thirty-five designs entered in the competition and the selected design was done by Miss Lucy Derwent of the Rockford D.A.R. The design includes a pure white background with a bald eagle holding a red banner and a red, white and blue shield. The shield had 13 stripes to represent the 13 original colonies and the banner in the beak shows the states motto "State," "Sovereignty," "National," and "Union." The eagle is centered on the flag and sits perched on a rock. This design was approved by the state’s General Assembly in 1915 and would fly over the state for the next fifty-five years. In 1969 a bill was passed that added the state’s name to the flag in which it was to be placed under the eagle’s perch.
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