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Postal Service to Dedicate Illinois Forever Stamp at Fair Today
Illinois Ag Connection - 08/08/2018

Springfield Postmaster Israel Hilton of the U.S. Postal Service and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe will unveil the Illinois Statehood Forever stamp at 2 p.m. in Springfield at the Illinois State Fair near the Expo Building today.

This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood. Known as the Prairie State, Illinois became the 21st state Dec. 3, 1818.

The stamp art features an outline of the state map with a series of yellow beams radiating upward like the rays of a rising sun. The colors begin at the bottom with a deep yellow, fading upward to pale yellow and then into pale blue, with increasingly deeper blues rising to the top of the state's outline. The yellows and blues symbolize the dawning of a new day as the state joins the Union. Stars, representing the first 20 states, grace the top of the stamp. The rising sun symbolizes the 21st star.

Chicago artist Michael Konetzka designed the stamp and created the artwork. Antonio Alcal?a> of Alexandria, VA, was the project's art director.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.

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