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A petition drive intended to require a citywide vote on Springfield’s city flag has failed because not enough signatures were collected.

The City Council voted 7-2 on Jan. 10 to adopt a new city flag. 

The old flag was first used in 1938.  The new flag was initially proposed in 2017 by a group of residents called the Springfield Identity Project. Citizen Columnist Steve Pokin wrote about the flag controversy on Jan. 4.

Steve Pokin

Steve Pokin writes the Pokin Around and The Answer Man columns for the Springfield Daily Citizen. He also writes about criminal justice issues. He can be reached at His office line is 417-837-3661. More by Steve Pokin