CHICAGO — For years, the Cook dinner County flag was thought-about by flag fanatics to be a little bit of a dud – recognized within the flag world by the derogatory acronym SOB: seal on a bedsheet.
That each one modified Tuesday with the “huge reveal” of a brand new county flag that was the results of a design contest that was open to college students from the county’s 500-plus excessive colleges.
The successful design got here from Drew Duffy, a senior at Glenbrook South Excessive College.
A Y form that symbolizes the Chicago River’s cut up at Wolf Level anchors the brand new flag. Its inexperienced define symbolizes riverbanks, nature and the county’s forest preserves.
Six crimson stars on the flag symbolize the founding of Cook dinner County, founding of Cook dinner County Well being, founding of Cook dinner County Division of Public Well being, founding of the Juvenile Momentary Detention Middle, and the significance of townships and native authorities. And the colour of the celebs represents the colour of social change.
It was vital that the flag meet vexillological requirements (vexillology is the examine of flags), particularly that the design be easy, significant and simple to recollect, with only some colours and no phrases.
A complete of 297 totally different flag designs had been submitted by college students from 40 excessive colleges.
An appointed flag advisory panel narrowed the choice to 6 flags in March. The panel is made up of historians, Cook dinner County Board commissioners, museum administrators and different high-level county officers.
Finalists had been paired with volunteer mentors which are skilled designers. They helped refine and formalize the scholars’ designs.
The brand new flag will exchange the present bland flag, which was designed in 1961.
The seek for a brand new flag started in December 2019 as a worldwide pandemic was beginning throughout the globe, and the choice course of has been delayed a number of occasions due to statewide shutdowns.
“I’ve at all times discovered flags actually attention-grabbing,” Duffy, 17, mentioned throughout a cellphone chat Tuesday.
“I used to be obsessive about a e-book about world flags my mother acquired for me after I was little. The world was shut down after I designed this flag, and it turned a ardour venture.”
The hassle to redo the flag was spearheaded by Commissioner Scott Britton of Glenview and Cook dinner County historian Matthew DeLeon.
“I couldn’t be extra excited,” Britton mentioned Tuesday.
The brand new flag will first be raised later this summer time in a ceremony at Daley Plaza.
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