Senator Stadelman

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) requiring state agencies and institutions to only purchase American and Illinois flags manufactured in the United States passed the State Senate on Memorial Day.

“There’s no reason for us to be flying our state and nation’s flags if they’re not made in this country,” Stadelman said. “This legislation rights a wrong while supporting our local businesses and economies at the same time.”

The legislation would change the Flag Display Act to no longer allow state institutions and agencies to purchase American and Illinois flags from manufacturers outside of the U.S.

“Purchasing flags is something that happens every year,” Stadelman said. “And today especially, we want to ensure those flags are made in America.”

Under the Flag Display Act, flags are designated to be necessary supplies for institution and agency budgets.

House Bill 605 passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for further consideration.