A redesign of their cardinal happened in 1996, with a more aggressive-looking cardinal.
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2005 - Present
A aggressive looking cardinal in red, black and yellow next to wordmark “ILLINOIS STATE” in red with white highlights above “REDBIRDS” in white on black background.
1996 - 2004
An aggressive cardinal in red, black, and yellow above a wordmark “ILLINOIS STATE” with a red line above and below with “Redbirds” in black and scripted.
1980 - 1995
A red, black and yellow cardinal giving a thumbs up with the initials “ISU” on his hand inside a double lined black ring.