Why no state vegetable? Question spurs Illinois class to act
A picture taken on September 28, 2012 shows corn in cobs in a field in Godewaersvelde, northern France. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GettyImages) By Stephanie Baumer
CHATHAM, Ill. (AP) -- A class of fourth-graders in central Illinois was learning about state symbols when students stumbled upon a puzzling question: Why does Illinois have a state fruit but no state vegetable?
The students at Chatham Elementary School, south of Springfield, could not abide the oversight.
The 9-year-olds turned to technology. They had a video chat with eighth-graders at Taylorville Junior High who taught them how a bill becomes a law. Then they used online surveys to poll students about which vegetable should be accorded the honor.
They got a state senator, Plainview Republican Sam McCann, to introduce a bill this month to designate sweet corn Illinois’ vegetable of choice.
The State Journal-Register says the students aren’t leaving anything to chance. They’re drafting letters urging lawmakers to pass the bill.