Fan-Up Your Car, Support Local Schools

January 26, 2011

Now you can show your team spirit as you drive all over Chicago.

Starting today, Illinois will start selling Cubs-themed license plates to adorn your car.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled the plate at Wrigley Field today. White has a special connection to the Cubs: For five years in the 1960s he was as a center fielder for one of their minor league teams.

Cubs plate“I feel a special bond and history with the team. I am not alone,” White said. “The Chicago Cubs are a legendary franchise and boast of diehard fans throughout the country who will be excited to show their team spirit and support education with these plates.”

The plates, which feature the team’s logo on a Cubbie-blue background, generally cost $40. That’s on top of your other registration fees.

The total cost to purchase a random number Cubs plate for your already-titled vehicle with valid Illinois registration is $69.

Twenty-five dollars from each plate will go to the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund to benefit the Common School Fund, which supports public schools throughout Illinois.

The Blackhawks were the first team in Illinois to get their own license plate. Out since November, about 5,000 have been sold.

If you are not a Blackhawks or a Cubs fan (what’s wrong with you?), don’t despair: There are plans to create license plates honoring the White Sox, the Bulls, and even the Bears.

To get your Cubs plate, or any Illinois plate for that matter, visit cyberdriveillinois.com. The new Cubs plates will be sent out starting March 1.

“We are thrilled to help the state of Illinois in its effort to raise funds for public education and to give Cubs fans the chance to display their loyalty on an official Illinois license plate,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “We thank Secretary White for his efforts in making this possible and hope all Cubs fans will show their loyalty by reserving their plate today.”

I’ve already ordered mine.

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