We are a midwest region of ALPCA and meet four times a year in Northern Illinois. To join our club click here. Currently our dues are $15 per year. A great donation auction is held at each event. Registration is $5 per member and $5 per table and $5 per extra table. All money raised goes to support the club, our events and activities. Go through your collection and donate plates for the auction and bring a favorite plate to display and/or win an award. You must be either an ALPCA or MAPA member in order to enter our meets.
Our April 2016 meet in Stone City had a good turnout. Plates were plenty, many members turned out and the weather was good. A lull in our meets at this time of year as we all prepare for our National convention in Ft. Wayne in July. We resume our August 2016 meet in Wauconda, Illinois so come join us and bring plates!We will have our new Mapa plate available to order, so don't wait and get yours early. Application forms on on the website
When Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed legislation to end the proliferation of specialty license plates in Illinois, it was hailed in some quarters as a way of helping police who sometimes had difficulty identifying cars registered in Illinois.
But there are 109 different specialty license plates available in the state (carrying the colors and logos of professional sports teams, universities and representing all manner of causes), and all of them will remain on vehicles. And all 109 designs will remain available to anyone who wants one in the future, according to a spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
The new law stops any new specialty plate designs from going into production after July 1 of next year and only affects new causes that want to raise money and awareness through specialty plates. Of the $40 initial charge for a specialty plate, $25 goes to the cause/charity and $15 to the secretary of state's office.
But instead of getting a plate with a distinguishing design for their cause, people will get a new, generic specialty plate and a sticker to affix to a spot on it. The generic plate has not been designed yet, according to White's office. Renewals cost $27, with $25 going to the cause and $2 to the office.
When the bill was introduced this spring, its chief sponsor, state Rep. John D'Amico, D-Chicago, was widely quoted as saying the proliferation of specialty plates was confusing police because they all look different.
As I noted in an earlier column, there are specialty plates with different designs and colors for Autism Awareness, Ducks Unlimited, Prevent Violence, Hearing Impaired, Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (not to be confused with the plates for the Illinois Police Association, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and Illinois Chicago Police Memorial Fund), the Illinois Pan Hellenic Series, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Organ Donor, Master Mason, Fire Chief, Firefighters Memorial, Municipal Fire, Share the Road, just about every college in Illinois (and Notre Dame) and the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, just to name a few.
Despite all the partisan bickering in the state Capitol, the measure to "end" production of specialty plates flew out of the Illinois House with only one "no" vote and was overwhelmingly approved in the Senate with strong bipartisan support. And the new Republican governor, who seems to disagree with the legislature on almost everything else, has signed it into law.
So here we have almost unanimous agreement on legislation that will accomplish nothing really, which seems pretty appropriate in a state where nothing significant ever seems to get done.
By the way, the Illinois House this spring, even as it was voting to do away with specialty plates, approved a new one featuring the Monarch butterfly to raise money for butterfly habitat restoration along state highways.
The good news is that Blackhawk fans who had postponed a decision to get one of those nifty plates featuring that cool logo, instead of Honest Abe's, don't have to rush to the secretary of state's website and put in an order, White spokesman Dave Druker said.
"Any plates that we're producing now will still be available after July 1 of next year. All 109!" he said.
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New retired Law Enforement
Prince Hall Freemasonry
New Teamsters plate released.
The Municipal Fire license plates are available only to vehicles of a municipal fire department or fire protection district. Vehicles displaying these plates must be owned by the fire department or fire protection district.
By purchasing a set of these plates, you will help support the the maintenance of a memorial and park honoring fallen Illinois State Police officers; hold an annual memorial event; provide scholarships to children of officers killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty; and provide financial assistance to officers and their families killed or injured in the line of duty.
These license plates may be issued to any active or retired law enforcement officers and their family members, surviving family members or deceased law enforcement officers and members of or donors to the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation.
New political design plates for 2015-16. Honorary Consul and Senate.
This new plate type was spotted on an old military vehicle but no information is on the Secretary of State website.
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, sportsmen and the general public
Purple Heart Motorcycle License Plates may be issued to any Illinois resident who has been awarded the military’s Purple Heart medal. A surviving spouse may obtain a set of plates. The Purple Heart plate has also been designed in a smaller size specifically for motorcycles.
License Plate Renewal Process Goes 'Green', $1 Million In Savings Expected
Secretary of State Jesse White’s office said it is on target to save more than $1 million from changes it’s implemented in its license plate renewal process.
The changes basically involve eliminating some of the paperwork involved in people obtaining new license plate stickers each year.
“We’ve become very green and try to be as efficient as possible,” said White spokesman Dave Druker.
The biggest savings is expected from a change the office implemented in February. It stopped sending motorists the familiar renewal notices that could be folded into a return envelope to renew a set of plates. A motorist would send a check to renew a set of plates, and the office would return a license sticker and new registration card.
Now, the office sends a postcard that lists various renewal options, including doing it electronically, by visiting a driver’s facility or using the mail. If motorists wish to renew by mail, they now have to supply their own envelope.
The office estimates it will save $1 million from the change.
“It’s smaller and cheaper and doesn’t have the envelope with it,” Druker said.
Also, he said, the office found “a lot of people” didn’t use the return envelope in the old mailing. Still, if people prefer to get the old mailing, they can call a number on the postcard.
“The fact is, if someone prefers the old system, they can do that,” Druker said. “If they would like an envelope next time to send it back by mail, we will send it back to them. They have to call us and let us know.”
Druker did not know how many people have made that request so far.
The office also estimates it will save $400,000 a year by encouraging more people to renew their plates via email. Last fall, the office began sending email renewal notices to motorists who had renewed their plates once electronically, urging them to continue the practice.
In addition, the office has set up registration forms allowing people to receive paperless renewals. People can also sign up by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com. They will need information from their previous registration card in order to sign up.
White’s office said more than 330,000 requests have been for email registrations.
Which Chicago Team Has the Most Specialty License Plates on the Road?
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are the most popular sports team in Illinois, at least based on license plate preference.
According to the Illinois Secretary of State's office, the Hawks have the No. 1 specialty license plate in the state, with 8,356 plates purchased.
The Blackhawks — who have a bright red plate that features the team logo — beat out all other city sports teams.
The Blackhawks' plates debuted in 2010, after the team won the Stanley Cup, while the other four Chicago pro sports teams' plates were released in 2011.
"The Chicago Blackhawks license plate was the first in the sports series to be made available to the public, and their fan base embraced the opportunity to purchase the license plates," Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said in an emailed statement.
The specialty plates are pricey, as much as $330 for first-time vanity plates. Annual renewal is $141 for specialty plates, $42 more than standard plates.April 22, 2013 6:09am | By Justin Breen, DNAinfo Senior Editor
The upcoming MAPA meets are:
February 27, 2016,Will County Fairgrounds
710 S. West St
April 30, 2016, Stone City VFW Post #2199
124 Stone City Drive
Joliet, IL 60436
August 13, 2016, Wauconda American Legion Hall
515 South Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
October 15, 2016 Stone City VFW Post #2199
124 Stone City Drive
Joliet, IL 60436
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