03/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama License Plates: Illinois Selling Commemorative Plates For $50

Illinois has found a new way to cash in on its favorite son: Barack Obama license plates.

Months after being deluged with calls about a commemorative plate, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled an "Illinois Salutes Barack Obama" temporary license plate Friday.

The plates, featuring President Obama's smiling face on top of a waving American flag, can be used for 60 days, beginning Feb. 17 and ending April 17. They cost $50 and all proceeds benefit state libraries.

The plates are available at and the Chicago Auto Show, which begins this weekend.