Cook County has a new flag that represents social change and natural areas

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CHICAGO — Cook County officials have chosen a new design for its flag, opting for one that pays homage to the region’s waterways and social justice policies.

The flag was designed by suburban Glenbrook South High School student Andrew Duffy as part of a competition among Cook County residents, according to a county news release. County commissioners then met on Tuesday – which was flag day – to decide which design to choose.

Duffy’s winning design features six red stars and a sideways “Y” in green and blue on a white background.

The stars have seven points to represent regions of the county, the city of Chicago, and forest reserves, and they are red to signal social change. The “Y” in green and blue represents the waterways, lands and shores of Cook County. The white background is a “blank canvas… for future innovation,” according to the county.

The six stars represent “founding moments” for Cook County:

  • The founding of Cook County in 1831.
  • The founding of Cook County Health Stroger and Provident hospitals in 1832 and 1891.
  • The Cook County Department of Public Health Foundation.
  • The foundation of forest reserves in 1914.
  • The founding of the Arthur J. Audy house in 1899.
  • A tribute to the local governments that form the county.

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