High school students inspire bill for new Illinois state flag

March 14, 2019 | Illinois News Network

State Rep. Daniel Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, has introduced a bill to scrap Illinois’ state flag and hold a contest to choose a new one.

Didech said he crafted the bill after meeting with two Stevenson High School students who proposed the contest.

House Bill 3799 calls for the Illinois Secretary of State to start a contest for a new design for the official Illinois state flag. The contest would be open to residents 21 and younger and students attending a public university in the state. It would also create a State Flag Selection Committee to pick the winning design. The Legislative Reference Bureau would then draft a bill to replace the existing state flag with the winning design. Like all other bills, it would need legislative approval and the governor’s signature to become law.

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