Ilyas Munzir

Ilyas Munzir


1.  How does the flag you designed represent who you are and what you care about? 
When I look at the flag, I see distinct elements that come together to form a whole. Much of who I am is reflective of the different cultures and ideas I have been exposed to growing up. I believe the diversity of cultures I have experienced has improved me just like it improves this flag. 

2.  Why did you decide to join the Flag 2021 competition?
Local government can sometimes be daunting, especially for young students. This competition seemed like an avenue of civic engagement that was more relatable to what I enjoy.

 3.  What did you learn about Cook County that surprised you?
I had never explored the history and tradition of the county and I was surprised by how extensive all of it was.

 4. Tell us a short story about your collaboration with your flag mentor/partner(s). (3-5 sentences)
I got to work with Steve Batterson on designing the flag. We attempted to focus on the story behind the design as much as the design itself. I enjoyed unearthing some of the reasoning behind elements of the flag and diving into what story a flag could tell. We landed on a flag design that I think encapsulates a great narrative that represents our county.