Illinois is using the popularity of President Obama to raise money for the Illinois Library Association.
he Land of Lincoln is joining the crowd making a buck off the popular son of Illinois, President Obama. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is selling Obama plates--good only for 60 days--for $50 a pair.
The Illinois Library Association will use the profits to help fund materials for library run summer reading programs for students.
In the first wave, the plates will be sold only to people from Illinois who have autos. For people who don't have cars--no matter where they live-- the souvenir plates can be purchased for $50 after April 17.
The plates, which are temporary and good for 60 days, are available for purchase at www.ila.org/obama for $50 a pair. Proceeds will help support the association's activities including iREAD, the summer reading program for Illinois youth.
The special event license plates, which read "Illinois Salutes President Barack Obama," are unique commemorative plates to be displayed on Illinois vehicles for 60 days, beginning February 17 and ending April 17, 2009. After this date, the Obama license plate will be available for purchase to everyone nationwide to add to his or her Obama collections.