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Universal specialty license plates now law in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law aimed at ending a proliferation of specialty license plates that raise awareness for causes.

The Republican's action Friday creates a universal specialty license plate - they'll look the same but a unique sticker representing the cause will be attached to it.

Democratic Rep. John D'Amico (duh-MEE'-koh) of Chicago sponsored it. He says specialty license plates - promoting everything from nonviolence to the Chicago Blackhawks - confuse police because they look different.

Money raised from plate fees go to the nonprofit cause or, in the case of sports teams, to public education.

There are 109 different specialty plates.

People may still display those plates and get new ones.

Most of the law takes effect next year.

The bill is HB1081

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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