Bicentennial stamp honors Illinois' birth

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ILLINOIS (WAND) – A new bicentennial stamp for Illinois will be announced this week.

The US Postal Service says the stamp, which can be seen in a photo attached to this story, will be called the “Illinois Statehood Forever” stamp.

Sun beams inside of a state map move from a deep yellow at the bottom to a deep blue at the top. The stamp also says “Illinois 1818” at the bottom, in memory of the state’s Dec. 3, 1818 birth.

“The yellows and blues symbolize the dawning of a new day as the state joins the Union,” the press release says. “Stars, representing the first 20 states, grace the top of the stamp. The rising sun symbolizes the 21st star.”

The release says Chicago artist Michael Konetzka created the stamp artwork.

The stamp reveal is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Expo Building.

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