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Violet, Illinois' state flower
Illinois' flag
Illinois State Flag
Cardinal, Illinois' state bird



State Bird:  Cardinal

State Animal:  White-tailed Deer

State Fish:  Bluegill

State Insect: Monarch Butterfly

State Flower:  Purple Violet

State Tree:  White Oak

State Fossil:  Tully Monster

State Mineral:  Flourite

Prairie Grass:  Big Bluestem

State Song:  "Illinois" lyrics by: Charles H. Chamberlin   music by: Archibald Johnston

State Dance:  Square Dance

Motto:  State sovereignty, national union

Origin of State Name:  Illinois is named for the Illini, a confederation of Native Americans
from various tribes who lived in the region.

Nickname for State:  The Prairie StateMuch of Illinois consisted of prairie, a broad, open grassland, when Europeans first settled there.

Nickname for residents:  Illinoisans