Dolostone is Illinois’ new state rock

Dolostone is Illinois’ new state rock

Dominic GenettiDigital Reporter

MAY 08: Close-up of a Dolostone rock (Photo by DEA / A.RIZZI/De Agostini via Getty Images)

MAY 08: Close-up of a Dolostone rock (Photo by DEA / A.RIZZI/De Agostini via Getty Images)

DEA / A.RIZZI/De Agostini via Getty Images

The cardinal, the white oak and sweet corn have a new official friend — Dolostone.

Dolostone was designated the official state rock of Illinois Monday, and is now associated with the above state symbols; the state bird, state tree and state vegetable. 

It all started with middle and elementary school students in Naperville near Chicago. When it was discovered that Illinois didn’t have a state rock, a ballot was created amongst the Pleasantdale Middle and Maplebrook Elementary students and sent to fellow students throughout the state for a vote. Dolostone was the winner.

Dolostone is a form of limestone that forms the majority of Illinois’s bedrock.

Eventually the effort made its way to the state capital in Springfield, and with the stroke of a pen, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker House Bill 4261 became a reality making the students’ chosen rock the rock of Illinois at Morton Arboretum.

“Seeing young people use their voices and the democratic process to make change in our state is truly inspiring,” Pritzker said in a statement. “These young leaders have a bright future of organizing and civic engagement that I am excited to watch. They could not have picked a better rock to represent the strength and stability of Illinois.”


Dominic Genetti was born and raised in St. Louis and has been in the media industry since 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwest Missouri State University, and has covered a variety of subjects including hard news, courts, enterprise features, and sports. From 2011 to 2013, Genetti wrote a syndicated baseball column that published daily throughout the country. He was also awarded the “Community Service” award from the Missouri Press Association for his efforts to bring light to a historic cemetery in disrepair in Hannibal, Missouri. Multimedia coverage is also part of Genetti’s repertoire. In 2011 he was named the GateHouse Media Videographer of the Year. Genetti has worked for newspapers in Missouri, Iowa, Texas, and Illinois.

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June 6, 2022 at 03:01PM

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