As declared on Illinois' license plates, our state is proudly known as the Land of Lincoln. Soon, we'll be the Land of Obama as well, and the secretary of state is considering a special commemorative plate to honor the President-elect.
With both the city and state strapped for cash, the license plates—which would cost more than normal ones—could bring in some much-needed revenue.
"A Barack Obama presidential plate is unlikely to be able to address the main structural financial problems facing the state, but it could provide valuable revenue that might allow the state to keep historic sites and state parks open, Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, told the Sun-Times. "Certainly there is enormous interest in Illinois in support of Barack Obama. The opportunity for Illinois to celebrate his inauguration and provide additional funding to the state is something that would seem to be obvious."
The General Assembly would have to approve of the plates and pass legislation before they can be created.