Corn is now the official state vegetable of Illinois.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday making the designation. The primary sponsor of the bill was Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, who introduced the legislation after fourth-graders at Chatham Elementary School contacted him about making corn the official vegetable to go along with other official state symbols like the bird (cardinal), tree (white oak), insect (monarch butterfly) and snack food (popcorn).
The bill sparked spirited, if somewhat tongue-in-cheek, debate about whether corn qualified as a vegetable, grain or fruit and thus was qualified to be the official vegetable.
Rauner signed the bill without a ceremony. He was scheduled to visit the Chatham Sweet Corn Festival later Thursday.
He has yet to act on a bill designating pumpkin as the official state pie.
(Source – http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150716/NEWS/150719631)