HAPPY 189TH BIRTHDAY COOK COUNTY!

#FLAG2021: A NEW FLAG FOR A NEW CENTURY

Click here for guidelines and entry form

 

#FLAG2021: DESIGN A COOK COUNTY FLAG FOR THE 21st CENTURY

  • Cook County Government will celebrate 190 years in January 2021. We want all County residents currently attending high school (grades 9–12) to help design the new County flag, or #FLAG2021.
  • The winning design will be the official banner of Cook County Government, flown in all County operated locations and raised above Daley Plaza next January in a ceremony marking the introduction of #FLAG2021.
  • Submit online at cookcountyil.gov/flag2021, email your design to flag2021@cookcountyil.gov, or mail this entry form (or a physical flag!) to 118 N Clark St, Room 436, Chicago, IL 60602

 

THE CHALLENGE: GEOGRAPHY, MISSION, HISTORY AND PEOPLE OF COOK COUNTY

GEOGRAPHY: Consider any or all of the following–the Forest Preserve, Lake Michigan, the rivers which run throughout the County and feed the lake. There are six main geographic regions of the County–The City of Chicago is the County seat (capital) and five suburban regions (North, Northwest, West, Southwest, South) County

MISSION AND HISTORY: Cook County has played a large role in the development of the modern United States, providing HEALTH CARE, regardless of ability to pay; TRANSPORTATION AND ROADWAYS, including the major local expressways and work at the airports; comprehensive provision of the JUSTICE System; a commitment to the Preservation of the ENVIRONMENT and Forest Preserves; and as a Center of COMMERCE for the nation.

PEOPLE: Cook County is home to people who come from all over the nation and the world, with many different groups of residents coming together to make one county of over 5.2 million people.

 

DOs and DON’Ts

DO give your flag a name–provide a title which speaks to the geography, mission and people

DO describe what your flag’s colors, symbols, shapes and patterns represent (an example: a star on your design has a number of points, share what each point means). Every meaning should be explained.

DO submit your flag by April 15, 2020 (see above).

DON'T use any text, lettering, or numbering–the colors, symbols, and patterns should represent the flag's meaning

DON'T use the Cook County seal, map, or existing flag

DON'T use too many colors–a maximum of four is suggested but a flag with more will still be considered

DON'T include small, detailed or hard to see design elements – from 100 yards away, a 3' x 5' flag appears smaller than your hand – the new Cook County flag will be reproduced in many small versions, including mini flags, logos, pins, patches, etc.

 

HOW TO ENTER: Online, paper and cloth entries will all be accepted. Student information will be requested and may require verification should your design be selected as a semi-finalist.

 

CONTEST TIMELINE

                               2019

December

Resolution establishing Cook County Flag Committee introduced

                                2020

January

Letters sent to Schools introducing the contest, the rules and the timelines, promotion via social media, traditional media outlets

January-April

Contestants prepare entries

April 15

Deadline to submit entries

May-June

Flag Committee evaluates and selects semi-finalists

June 18

Semi-Finalists honored at Cook County Board Meeting

June-August

Semi-Finalists will be paired with volunteer design professionals who will work closely with the semi-finalists to refine their designs

September-October

Flag Committee selects five finalists for final consideration by the Cook County Board

October 22

Cook County Board is sent five finalists to select new County flag

October-December

Board deliberates on flag designs

December 17

County Flag 2021 goes into production: Plaza Flag, Building Flags, 3x5s, small flags, flag pins, uniform patches

                              2021

January

New County Flag is introduced, flag raising ceremony Daley Plaza, flags replaced outside at County facilities

May

Flag Exchange Ceremony Daley Plaza

TBD

Indoor office flags, uniforms with flags replaced at discretion of officeholders over time