You have to pay to register your car every year, and some people take that opportunity to show their love for the Chicago Blackhawks, their support for breast cancer research, or their loyalty to, say, Western Illinois University. There are 101 other specialty plates, and more could be on the way. This summer alone, the governor has signed bills creating more than a dozen new ones, but there's a hitch.
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Before a new plate can be manufactured, there must be commitments from at least 1500 motorists. The potential new ones include a police dog memorial, recognition of nurses, and two types of cancer. The secretary of state's office says the most popular specialty license plates are for the environment, firefighters, and violence prevention. Most carry a $25 fee which goes to charity.