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Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 09:07 am

Bad date

 Now we hear that they got the date wrong on the Illinois state seal.

The seal, which is the centerpiece of the state flag, features a perched eagle bearing a banner, “State Sovereignty, National Union” encircled by the words, “Seal of the State of Illinois Aug. 26, 1818.”

Only, the state of Illinois did not become the State of Illinois until Dec. 3, 1818.

Springfield’s Rep. Tim Butler has introduced a bill in the House to change the date on future depictions of the emblem. No news about who screwed up, but reportedly it’s been screwed up since 1868.

A century and a half to fix even a minor problem? Maybe we ought to leave it as is. How better to represent the State of Illinois?

While they’re at it, maybe they could take a look at other dubious aspects of the design. What was almost certainly intended as a rising sun looks these days like a setting sun – better to leave it out. And what is the implicit political message conveyed by that stars-and-stripes shield crushing an olive branch? As for that body of water – shouldn’t the water be brown rather than blue?

I say, toss the whole thing and start over. 
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