Pumpkin pie

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Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: State pies.

Illinois may soon join Indiana in having a state pie as part of its pantheon of state symbols.

Since 2009, Indiana has recognized the sugar cream pie, also known as Hoosier Pie, as most representative of the state's pie culture.

The simple, custard-like dessert featuring a baked pie shell layered with creamed butter and maple or brown sugar, combined with a sprinkling of flour and filled with vanilla-flavored cream harkens back to the early 19th century Quakers who settled the southeastern corner of the state.

Legislation pending across the state line would anoint pumpkin pie the official pie of Illinois.

Illinois farmers grow more pumpkins than farmers in any other state, and most of them are processed into the canned pumpkin popular with pie-makers at the Libby's plant in the central Illinois village of Morton.

Not surprisingly, the Illinois pumpkin pie proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Keith Sommer, R-Morton.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.