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Official state amphibian and reptile proposed

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[APRIL 22, 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, got up close and personal with an eastern tiger salamander on Wednesday, when the Senate State Government Committee advanced legislation that would designate the eastern tiger salamander to be the official state amphibian and the painted turtle to be the official state reptile.

Pictured are Elaine Schaudt, left; Sen. Kay Wojcik, R-Schaumburg, middle; and Sen. Bomke, right.

Bomke and other members of the committee were joined by children from Jackson Middle School in Villa Park, who eagerly showed off the salamander and the turtle to committee members. The brightly colored duo won in a statewide online election process spearheaded by Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn.

House Bill 847 now advances to the entire Senate for consideration before being sent to the governor for final approval.

[News release from Illinois Senate Republicans]


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