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U.S. Postal Service dedicates Illinois Bicentennial stamp

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Illinois Statehood Stamp
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SPRINGFIELD — Officials from the U.S. Postal Service unveiled and dedicated a new stamp to commemorate Illinois' Bicentennial during a ceremony in at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield on Monday.

The stamp art features an outline of the state map with a series of yellow beams radiating upward. 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 on Dec. 3, 1818. Stars, representing the first 20 states, grace the top of the stamp.

Chicago artist Michael Konetzka designed the stamp and created the artwork. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Virginia, was the project's art director.

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