Sweet Corn Named Official State Vegetable
on Friday, July 24, 2015
“Sweet corn has been an important part of Illinois agriculture throughout the state’s history,” Poe said. “I am glad to see it get this much-deserved recognition, and am glad to see the hard work of the students from Chatham Elementary pay off.”
A group of Chatham students testified in support of the bill before the House Agriculture and Conservation committee in May. They were on hand in the House chamber when the bill passed 115-0 in May. The students had previously joined Senators for the debate on the bill in that chamber.
Illinois' new state vegetable joins such other state symbols as the state animal (white-tailed deer), state flower (violet) and state insect (monarch butterfly).