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FILE - In this July 30, 3012 file photo, Illinois Department of Agriculture employees work on installing flags to the Main Gate in preparation for the beginning of the State Fair at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The State Fair officially opens its gates Friday, Aug. 10 and runs through Aug. 19. Candace Todd is seen on the left. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Seth Perlman

Illinois state flag

FILE - In this July 30, 3012 file photo, Illinois Department of Agriculture employees work on installing flags to the Main Gate in preparation for the beginning of the State Fair at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The State Fair officially opens its gates Friday, Aug. 10 and runs through Aug. 19. Candace Todd is seen on the left. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Seth Perlman

What do you think a new Illinois flag should look like?

Gov. JB Pritzker approved a commission to explore whether or not Illinois needs a new flag. The current one — which has been the same for about a century — has a lot going on. An American eagle clutching a stars-and-stripes-decorated shield while taking a bite out of a red banner in the foreground. There’s a yellow sun over blue water in the background, and a gray rock bearing the years 1818 and 1868. But what would an updated flag look like now? What should it look like? We turn to a longtime flag maker for his take.

FILE - In this July 30, 3012 file photo, Illinois Department of Agriculture employees work on installing flags to the Main Gate in preparation for the beginning of the State Fair at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The State Fair officially opens its gates Friday, Aug. 10 and runs through Aug. 19. Candace Todd is seen on the left. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Seth Perlman

   

Gov. JB Pritzker approved a commission to explore whether or not Illinois needs a new flag. The current one — which has been mostly the same for about a century — has a lot going on. An American eagle clutching a stars-and-stripes-decorated shield while taking a bite out of a red banner in the foreground. There’s a yellow sun over blue water in the background, and a gray rock bearing the years 1818 and 1868.

But what would an updated flag look like now? What should it look like? We turn to a longtime local flag maker for his take.

GUEST: Carl “Gus” Porter III, owner of WGN Flag and Decorating Company

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