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: New state symbols.
Indiana and Illinois each have a pantheon of always special, sometimes common and often historical items that serve as symbols of the state, such as a state bird, state tree, state fossil or state gun.
A new law signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence adds a state aircraft to Indiana's roster of officially meaningful things.
Senate Enrolled Act 370, co-sponsored by state Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, designates the Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt, produced in Evansville during World War II and commonly known as the "Indiana Warbird," the official state aircraft of Indiana.
Not to be left out, the Illinois General Assembly this month will consider adopting two new state symbols.
House Bill 208, which is awaiting action by the Senate, designates pumpkin pie the official pie of Illinois.
Senate Bill 800, up for debate in the Illinois House, names sweet corn the state vegetable.