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Jesse White and the Blackhawks unveil new permanent license plate

Money raised from the license plates to support public schools

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 4:26 PM / News
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Jesse White and the Blackhawks unveil new permanent license plate
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Chicago Blackhawks unveiled the new Chicago Blackhawks permanent Illinois license plate today.

The bright red plate, which features the Blackhawks logo, was on display during a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center. Hockey Hall of Famer and Blackhawks Ambassador Stan Mikita, Three-time NHL All-Star Marty Turco, and Chicago Blackhawks executives including President John McDonough were on hand for the unveiling.

“We are proud to make these license plates available to the public as a means of showing Blackhawks team spirit and supporting education across the state,” White said. “It’s a fitting time for us to kick off this new series of plates following their historic season.”

Twenty-five dollars from each license plate will support the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund with proceeds going to the Common School Fund which supports public schools throughout the state of Illinois.

Public Act 095-0331, enacted in 2002, allows for Illinois sports teams to have license plates, designated as Professional Sports Teams license plates. The Chicago Blackhawks are the first sports team in the state to take advantage of the law. “We are proud to partner with Jesse White and his office to help support such a great cause,” Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk said. “This provides a great opportunity for hockey and sports fans across the state of Illinois to show their affinity for the Blackhawks while raising money for the public school system.”

The public can preorder the license plates by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Fans can order random number, personalized or vanity license plates. Those plates will be mailed out on November 10th.

Fans who attend the Chicago Blackhawks game on November 10th at the United Center will be able to purchase and walk away with a random number plate. The Secretary of State’s mobile unit will also be able to register people for the personalized and vanity license plates at the game. The cost to purchase a random number Blackhawks plates for someone with a currently titled vehicle would be $139. For a newly-acquired vehicle with no current plate, the cost would be $234.

Pricing varies for vanity and personalized license plates.