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Number One plate may be auctioned

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:17:18 CDT
By: AP

Want to be No. 1? Well, you could soon get that chance. Gov. Pat Quinn is considering a plan to sell the coveted No. 1 Illinois license plate to the highest bidder. A Quinn spokeswoman says the governor thinks the plate could be a source of revenue for veterans' assistance programs. Brooke Anderson says the cash raised could help homeless veterans, those with post-traumatic stress syndrome or those needing jobs and healthcare. Other states have put such plates up for bid in the past. In 2009, Delaware's No. 11 plate brought in $675,000 at auction. Illinois' No. 1 plate has been out of circulation since 2002. It last graced the car of the widow of former Gov. Richard Ogilvie.

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