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CITY OF CHICAGO & STATE INFORMATION

Official Illinois State Symbols

  • State Flower: Purple Violet
  • State Bird: Cardinal
  • State Tree: White Oak
  • State Dance: Square Dance
  • State Nickname: Prairie State
  • State Prairie Grass: Big Bluestem
    • State Mineral: Fluorite
    • State Fossil: Tully Monster
    • State Animal: White-tailed Deer
    • State Fish: Bluegill
    • State Insect: Monarch Butterfly
    • State Motto: State sovereignty, national union
    Illinois Government Facts

    Governor: Rod R. Blagojevich
    Attorney General: Lisa Madigan
    Secretary of State: Jesse White
    State Treasurer: Alexi Giannoulias
    Lieutenant Governor: Pat Quinn

    Number of State Senators: 59
    Number of State Representatives: 118
    Members of the US Senate: 2 – Richard Durbin (D), Barack Obama (D) [Retiring]
    Members of the US House of Representatives: 19 - Judy Biggert, Jerry F. Costello, Danny K. Davis, Rahm Emanuel, Luis Gutierrez, Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Timothy V. Johnson, Mark Kirk, Ray LaHood, Daniel. Lipinski, Donald Manzullo, Bobby L. Rush, Jan Schakowsky, John Shimkus, Jerry Weller, Melissa Bean, Bill Foster, Peter Roskam, Phil Hare

    Resources

    Books:

    • City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America by Donald L. Miller
    • A natural History of the Chicago Region by Joel Greenberg
    • Chicago’s Loop (Then and Now) by Janice Knox & Heather Olivia Belcher

    Organizations:

    Chicago Historical Society
    312.642.4600

    The Illinois State Historical Society
    217.525.2781

    Harold Washington Library Center Social Sciences Division
    312.747.4600

    Web Sites:

    City of Chicago
    www.cityofchicago.org

    State of Illinois
    www.illinois.gov

    Illinois Historic Preservation Society
    www.state.il.us/HPA/

    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
    www.chicagolandchamber.org