SPRINGFIELD — Two pieces of legislation will soon reach Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk to make sweet corn the official state vegetable and pumpkin pie the official state pie.
State Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, said advancing the sweet corn legislation is a win for the fourth-grade students from Chatham who helped create the measure.
"It's a great lesson to the kids about government," Poe said. "We had to get past that little thing of is it a vegetable or a (grain), but everybody ruled in favor of the vegetable."
Legislation designating pumpkin pie as the state pie was sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington.
"Morton is one of the pumpkin capitals of the world. And having notoriety of saying that pumpkin pie is the pie of the state of Illinois, it gives them something to market," Brady said.
Republican state Rep. Keith Sommer's hometown is Morton, where a large pumpkin festival takes place in September. Sommer has been pushing the legislation to give recognition to his hometown.
Both pieces of legislation won unanimous support.
The legislation for the state vegetable is Senate Bill 800 and the legislation for the state pie is House Bill 208.