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ISP logo contest winner, finalists share bond with agency

By Dan Campana

The three finalists in the competition to design the Illinois State Police’s 100th anniversary logo represented something of a family affair – as in each artist has ties to ISP.

Among the approximately 240 designs submitted during the contest – which was open to the public and state police employees – the ISP Centennial Committee chose Springfield native Aaron Rath as the winner. Rath’s brother, Andrew, is a trooper in District 12.

Aaron Rath’s design prominently displays the number 100 with a figure representing a saluting state trooper outlined within the numeral. ISP’s motto of “Integrity, Service, Pride” is front and center on the logo, while the years 1922 and 2022 set within silver badges flank both sides.

“The number and quality of the designs submitted were remarkable,” ISP Director Leo Schmitz said. “I want to thank each person who took the time to create and submit a design for consideration. I would also like to express my gratitude to the three finalists for capturing the essence of the ISP as we prepare for our 100th anniversary.”

Second place went to Jose L. Vallejo Jr. of Channahon. He is a member of ISP Cadet Class 127 who will be graduating on Aug. 10.

The third-place finisher is Lynsey Hause, a resident of Alhambra. She is engaged to District 11 Trooper Michael Goedecke.

In addition to seeing his design used on everything from challenge coins and collectible memorabilia to window stickers and apparel, Rath received $500 from the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation, while Vallejo and Hause were awarded $200 and $100, respectively.

Entries were collected from November through March.