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Why no state vegetable? Question spurs Illinois class to act

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2015

CHATHAM, Ill. (AP) – A class of fourth-graders in central Illinois was learning about state symbols when students stumbled upon a puzzling question: Why does Illinois have a state fruit but no state vegetable?

The students at Chatham Elementary School, south of Springfield, could not abide the oversight.

The 9-year-olds turned to technology. They had a video chat with eighth-graders at Taylorville Junior High who taught them how a bill becomes a law. Then they used online surveys to poll students about which vegetable should be accorded the honor.

They got a state senator, Plainview Republican Sam McCann, to introduce a bill this month to designate sweet corn Illinois’ vegetable of choice.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register says the students aren’t leaving anything to chance. They’re drafting letters urging lawmakers to pass the bill.

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