Specialty Plates Getting Phased Out in Illinois

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DECATUR- A young Decatur child was hit with a troubling diagnosis when she was 5 years old.

"My daughter Zoe was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010,” said Jennifer Pramuk.

To make sure Zoe beat cancer, many hours were spent on Illinois roads.

“We were driving back and forth to Decatur a lot for treatment and noticed there wasn't a license plate on the road for childhood cancer," Pramuk added.

So Zoe’s mother worked with Illinois state legislators and got ‘4Cure’ designed for a specialty license plate. With the help of Andy Manar, that plate was signed into law in 2013 by Illinois’ past governor Pat Quinn.

Now, two years later and a new governor later, laws have changed.

As of Friday, when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation, the older plates will be phased out and one universal plate will remain with a sticker.

This new legislation has caused some confusion for many.

"So does that mean because our plate was actually signed into law we would actually get a sticker for a new universal plate. We don't know," said Pramuk.

"What I understand through the law, that if people have those plates and keep them valid they'll still be able to display those specialty plates,” said Macon County Lt. Jamie Belcher.

For Lt. Belcher, this is legislation he wants to see driving around especially when whiteness' can't remember the plate of a suspect.

"If you don't know what specialty plate it was and there's 109 specialty plates, you would literally have to go through 109 specialty plates and with that number to get a response back," added Lt. Belcher.

This new law will make it easier to pinpoint a suspect Lt. Belcher told WAND.

"Once they start issuing those plates come January 1st, that universal Illinois plate then they'll have a sticker on it to display," he added.

Hopefully this will also make it easier for people like Pramuk aiming to spread awareness of childhood cancer.

If you would like to support childhood cancer, as of now, individuals can find the specialty license plate form online and send it in with $50 to Jesse White's office in Springfield. That $50 will be split between the Children's Oncology Group and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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