01/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Illinois Mulling Obama License Plates

llinois' license plates proudly boast we're the Land of Lincoln. Now, we're the Land of Obama, too. So what would happen if state leaders gave drivers the option of buying a special license plate to commemorate Barack Obama's historic inauguration as president?

Judging by calls to Secretary of State Jesse White's office and an examination of state records, the idea might offer a boost for the state's cash-strapped budget.

The secretary of state has been getting 10 to 15 calls a day since Obama's Nov. 4 victory asking if an Obama commemorative plate is in the works, White spokesman Dave Druker said.

Specialty plates bring the state millions of dollars each year. An Obama plate -- priced higher than normal plates, of course -- might bring in money that could be used for any number of purposes.

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