Pumpkin pie could become the official state pie

Jan 27, 2015

Credit Peoria Public Radio

For Illinois residents, autumn means falling leaves, changing temperatures and pumpkins.

Representative Keith Sommer wants to shine a brighter spotlight on the star of many fall festivals by making pumpkins the official state pie of Illinois. 

"There's probably no community in the state where you don't drive down a road in the fall and see someone selling pumpkins or selling products made from pumpkins." 

Sommer is a Republican from Morton, the self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world. According to the University of Illinois, 90% of pumpkins grown in the United States are raised in Illinois.