Illinois Motto
State sovereignty, national union
The state motto of Illinois is "State Sovereignty, National Union".

The Illinois state motto was adopted in 1819 and also appears as an element of the state seal.

The Illinois motto symbolically reflects the power and pride of being a small state within a larger state. The Illinois state motto therefore intends to represent the, at the same time, independence of the state of Illinois and the strength it provides when being part of a greater union. In this way the Illinois motto may be perceived as a kind of paradox.

Other mottos and slogans of Illinois:

  • Mile After Magnificent Mile
  • Right Here. Right Now
Some funny mottos and politically incorrect slogans of Illinois:
  • Gateway to Iowa
  • Please Don't Pronounce the "S"
  • Won't Annoy You
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