Be Green as You Putter Down Chicago’s Streets

July 07, 2011

There’s a new plate in town.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled the state’s newly designed environmental specialty license plate on Wednesday.

The plate is green and features the cardinal, the state bird of Illinois.

The redesign was done to make identification easier for law enforcement officials.

the new plateThe “E” was moved from the left side to the right and a second letter was added.

Any specialty plate approved by the Illinois General Assembly and issued by the Secretary of State’s Office has a two-letter identifier on the right.

“Over the last several years, the office has streamlined license plates to be consistent for law enforcement tracking,” said White. “The new plate will help officials identify these environmental plates as specialty plates.”

A portion of the fee of sale for these environmental license plates will support the state parks fund.

More than 40,000 Illinois drivers currently have the environmental plate, which makes it the largest selling specialty plate in the state.

Want one? You can get one at cyberdriveillinois.com. Have an old one? Sit tight. New plates are being sent to current environmental plate holders.

“It is important to remember to protect the environment so do not throw your old plates away,” said White. “Recycle any unused license plates at Secretary of State driver’s facilities across the state.”

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