Illinois State Capitol

The new Illinois State Capitol is where President Obama served three terms in the Illinois Senate. The building is the tallest non-skyscraper state capitol in the country, taller than the U.S. Capitol and the highest point in the city of Springfield. The centerpiece of the Statehouse is the stained glass dome which depicts an arcane version of the State Seal of Illinois. Here, the phrase “State Sovereignty” is placed above “National Union.” This is opposite of what now appears on the state seal.

Did you know?

  • During the legislative session of 1877, 198 spittoons were located in the House chamber and 129 in the Senate.
  • An eight-inch seam of coal was discovered during the excavation for the foundation of the building.  Several tons were mined and used to heat the construction headquarters on the site.
  • Illinois Secretary of State, Henry Dement, was known to hunt pigeons from the roof of the Statehouse with a shotgun.


State Capitol

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.