SPRINGFIELD'S SCULPTURES,            Carl and Roberta Volkmann
MONUMENTS, AND PLAQUES              cvolk@aol.com
Government Buildings
Capitol Lawn Plaques
Three plaques are imbedded in the lawn of the State Capitol along Monroe Street.  Each
has a tree planted near-by.
A plaque and tree honoring State Senator Prescott E.
Bloom (1942-1986) is near the corner of Second and
Monroe Streets. The Republican represented Peoria for
11 years before his untimely death in a tragic home
fire.  He was 43. During his Senatorial career, he
conducted an undercover investigation as a drifter on
Chicago's streets.  As a result of his findings, the
Illinois Medicaid laws were revised.  The Prescott
Bloom Internship in Government program has been
created in his honor.
A white oak tree was planted in 1975 west of the
PACT plaque by the Illinois Society
Children of the
American Revolution. Beneath the tree is a plaque
noting the bicentennial commemoration by the
West of the Bloom plaque is a plaque and tree
“dedicated to child victims in Illinois” in 1991 by PACT.