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Latino Heritage Month 

Who are Illinois’ Latino Americans?

For a century, people have been coming to Illinois from across Latin America in search of freedom, work, education or love. Today, one in six Illinoisans are Latino. Not only has the Latino population grown, but the number of Latinos outside of Chicago has soared in recent years. And notably, the Latino population itself is increasingly diverse and increasingly young. Click here for more details about Illinois' Latino population.

Flags of the Nations

Every nation’s flag reflects the history, geography or aspirations of its citizens. The flags (banderas) of the nations of the Caribbean, Central America and South America tell many stories, such as the quest for independence or the richness of the land. And many intriguing designs can be seen, from the stellar constellations on Brazil’s flag to the eagle and snake on Mexico’s flag.

From Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11, as part of Governor Pat Quinn’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the flags of many Latin American nations will be on display in the busy James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago. For those of you unable to see them, click here for a look at each flag and brief description of its design.

Celebrating Latino Inventors, Scientists and Innovators

The inventors of instant coffee, caller ID and the ballpoint pen. A crusader against leprosy. NASA trailblazers.

Latinos and Latino Americans have been in the forefront of countless inventions, scientific breakthroughs and innovations.

As part of Governor Pat Quinn’s 2013 Latino American Heritage Month celebrations, an exhibit honoring these great thinkers will open on Monday, October 7 on the Concourse of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago. The free exhibit will run until 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 11. If you’re unable to visit the exhibit, we’ll provide an online version right here.