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Archive for August 23rd, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr., Shaping our Hopeful Future: A Reflection on a Lasting Legacy

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By A. Barry Rand, CEO, AARP                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

“Take the first step in faith,” Martin Luther King, Jr.  told us.  “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Inspired by his eloquence and his moral courage, ordinary Americans took the first step in faith, and then more and more steps up the staircase to justice and opportunity. 

As our nation marks the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28 by dedicating a  memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall, we at AARP understand that the journey to fulfill the promise of our country is far from over.  We can see the whole staircase, but we haven’t gotten to the top yet.

As a proud donor to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, we recall Dr. King’s soul-stirring call to see, affirm, and uphold the worth and dignity of every person.  If you go to aarp.org/blackcommunity, you can see a video that shows the effects of his legacy, as well as read the reflections of a diverse group of Americans about what Dr. King meant to them.

That is a message we take to heart every day at AARP, as we apply the lessons from Dr. King’s words-and his life.  He taught that the path to justice requires not only overcoming prejudice but also overcoming poverty.  Especially in the last stages of a life cut tragically short, he led a farsighted struggle for economic opportunity.

Like his earlier leadership against legally-enshrined discrimination, this was terribly difficult work, but Dr. King always put conscience over convenience.  Today, at a time of high unemployment and widespread economic pain in our country, his example can once more light the way for us.  Let’s not forget the event 48 years ago was called a march for jobs and freedom.

The current economic downturn in America has hit the African-American community with special fury.  More than one-third of African-American households had zero or negative net worth in 2009.  The median wealth of African-American households was only one-twentieth that of white households.  That is the largest disparity since the government started publishing this data a quarter century ago, as reported by Pew Research Center last month.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has found that for two in five households of retired African-Americans 65 and older who receive Social Security retirement benefits, these monthly checks are the sole source of income.

This sharp drop in assets and continued heavy reliance on Social Security shows how critical it is to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. 

As AARP gears up for the next round of this battle in Washington, we’re reminded of something else that Dr. King said, “Change does not come on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

That was true in the days of segregation.  It was true in the fight for voting rights.  It is just as true today when it comes to health care and retirement security and, indeed, all the efforts to assist those who are vulnerable.

AARP itself was born of struggle-a long, uphill battle for fair treatment and dignity for every older person.  For all the progress our country has made, we recognize there are many battles yet to be won.  For instance, six million Americans who are sixty and older face the threat of hunger every day.  People who have done so much for so many for so long now need to turn to others for help.  That is why The AARP Foundation is leading the Drive to End Hunger: so we can help make sure that older men and women get the food assistance they need, whether from volunteer-supported community food banks, a caring neighbor or the federal government.

At AARP we treasure the ethic of service that Martin Luther King, Jr. embodied. He understood so well the awesome responsibility we all have to look out for each other.  We know that lifting the lives of those in need is not just the work of government.  It is also a matter for each of us-as a caregiver for a family member or friend, as a mentor or tutor to a child, as an active and informed citizen in our community. 

We reflect on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. not only to study the past but to shape a more hopeful future.  With the glorious life of Dr. King in our minds and in our hearts, we can climb the staircase together.

“My Fellow American”: An Online Film and Social Media Project urge concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are fellow Americans

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Their stories vary.  But many times they have something in common: They’ve been harassed or humiliated because they’re Muslim.

In describing her life as a Muslim, Kelly Alsuhaim says she was “harassed, humiliated,” and beaten because “people don’t see the true me.”

Declaring there should be liberty and justice for all, and acknowledging Muslims’ contribution to America, the Unity Productions Foundation has put together a project video, “My Fellow American”, urging concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are fellow Americans. It also asks people of other backgrounds to pledge and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire.

UPF said Muslims “are part of the national fabric that holds our country together,” adding that Muslims contribute to America in many ways and deserve the same respect as any other.

Using the power of social media, “My Fellow American” seeks to change the narrative – from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as fellow Americans.

In a press release, UPF noted that “America was built on the principles of equality and basic human rights for all. The recent mosque protests and congressional hearings on American Muslims are all unfortunate examples of a rising tide of fear that lead to intolerance and inequality. This climate of suspicion towards our fellow Americans compromises the great values that our country was founded upon. We’ve put together a 2 minute film in response…”

The website has many other features, including the ability for visitors to the site to share their own stories and they can also take the “My Fellow American” pledge.

You can visit the site at: http://myfellowamerican.us

On UPF’s site, Kelly Alsuhaim described her life as a Muslim:

 “I am 25 years old. I have been Muslim for 7 years, and since I have been Muslim I have been harassed, humiliated, beaten because people don’t see the true me. They only see my headscarf. I love art, movies, roller coasters and everything filled with adventure. I married a man from Saudi Arabia, and the first thing people ask is if he beats me and I am like OMG because there is so much stereotyping in this world. Every one of my friends has been discriminated at least one time since September 11. I have one friend in Florida who has been fired so many times because she refuses to take off her headscarf. I wish people would see me as an American and as an equal.”

In pledging his support on the site, Business Mogul Russell Simmons urged fellow Americans to join in “protecting and celebrating” the Muslim community.

“My Fellow American” points out that “most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are portrayed in the media. American Muslims are so often vilified as ‘the other’ that it is possible not to recognize that most were born in the U.S. Or that those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.

“Muslims are our fellow Americans, who today face threats to their civil rights and even their personal safety because of the fearful and often hateful rhetoric that would not be tolerated were it uttered about any other minority group.”

“My Fellow American” is a project of Unity Productions Foundation (www.upf.tv), a 501©3 media and education non profit organization. The mission of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is to create peace through the media. Founded in 1999, UPF produces documentary films for television and online broadcast and theatrical release, and implements long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, especially between Muslims and other faiths. “We are convinced of the power of media to empower citizens with greater understanding and to nourish pluralism in America. (Posted on their website).”

UPF films have been viewed by an estimated 150 million people worldwide and have won dozens of national and international awards. UPF has partnered with prominent Jewish, Muslim, Christian and interfaith groups to run dialogues nationwide — with more than 80,000 participants in classrooms, community centers, living rooms, government offices and religious congregations.

Year after year, UPF’s films are recognized for excellence:

  • Best Documentary at the 2007 American Black Film Festival
  • 5 Telly Awards for excellence in educational documentaries
  • 11 TIVA-DC Peer Awards, including Best Documentary
  • Hamburg World Media Film Festival’s Gold and Silver Awards
  • 4 CINE Golden Eagle Awards
  • 4 Grand Goldies Awards
  • Newark Black Film Festival’s 2008 Paul Robeson Award
  • Official Selection of 2 dozen film festivals around the world

My Fellow American was produced by Unity Productions Foundation in association with Gardner Films, Inc (www.gardnerfilms.com). It was directed by the Oscar-nominated, multiple Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, Robert Gardner.

The film project was shot in Baltimore using some of the personnel who worked on the popular television series, The Wire. The voices heard in the film are actual excerpts found on youtube, and were a small sample of such comments from various public figures, including law makers, radio and television personalities, and leading religious leaders.

My Fellow American was made possible by the support of individuals and charitable organizations including the Odyssey Networks, a media organization delivering videos of interfaith news beyond the headlines and inspirational stories of faith in action.

Visitors can visit UPF’s website: (www.upf.tv) and submit their own story or video.

Press and media, please email info@myfellowamerican.tv

For video and story questions, please email info@myfellowamerican.tv

Phone: (202) 298-8088

Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation to announce major investments in two local DC schools during week of the MLK Memorial Dedication

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2011 1 COMMENT


 Alpha Phi Alpha investing in DC schools


Washington, DC – (BlackNews.com) Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation (APACF), a public charity established by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the nation’s first and largest African-American intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, will host an event in Washington, DC to announce major investments in two local DC schools.

APACF’s event will be held Thursday, August 25, 2011 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, at the Paul Public Charter School, 5800 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Several participants and invited guests will attend the event, including Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., Chairman, Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation; Herman “Skip” Mason, 33rd General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Hill Harper, Actor, Author and Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Jami Dunham, Head of School, The Paul Public Charter; Asa Daniels, Principal, MLK, Jr. Elementary; Troy Stovall, Chief Financial Officer of Howard University; Mayor Vincent Gray, Mayor, District of Columbia; Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools;
Kwame Brown, Chairman, DC Council; Mary Cheh, Chair Pro Tempo; Marion Barry, DC Council Representative (Ward 8); and Muriel Bowser, DC Council Representative (Ward 4).

The APACF is providing iPads® to two DC Public Schools – Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Southeast DC and The Paul Public Charter School in Northwest DC. The schools will receive ten iPads® each to be used for math and science classes. The new APACF Technology Grant Program will partner these schools with Howard University, which will provide them with ongoing technical support.

Additionally, the Foundation is providing the schools with an e-curriculum consultant to help them develop a new integrated curriculum that will enhance the students’ learning experience using technological approaches and teaching methods. This program is a unique collaboration that will promote the academic preparation and success for students in a world that is rapidly evolving due to technology.


AARP reflects on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Live video tribute at MLK Memorial features influential leaders


Washington, DC – AARP announced the release of a thought provoking video that captures the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. The 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic I Have a Dream speech will be celebrated Aug. 28 at the official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This is the first memorial on the National Mall to honor a man of color and the only one that does not commemorate a president or a war.


Reflecting on this historic moment, AARP’s My Generation created a stirring video tribute titled “The Living Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” that profiles several contemporary leaders who reflect on the ways Dr. King’s work changed their lives. Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell (Ret.), acclaimed journalist Colman McCarthy, Freedom Rider Rev. Perry A. Smith, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a host of others share their thoughts and observations on how Dr. King’s living legacy continues to shape our world today-including the recent nonviolent revolution in Egypt.


“It is important to capture the extraordinary life of Dr. King, and to show how his steadfast pursuit for civil and human rights remains relevant today,” said A. Barry Rand, CEO, AARP. “We believe this video will inspire Americans, particularly those who remember how he fought for peace among all people, so they can share his messages of justice, democracy and hope with today’s generation.”


Paying homage to Dr. King and to the nonviolent campaigns to secure civil rights for which he stood, the video includes momentous footage from the Civil Rights Movement, and commentary from representatives of the Asian American Justice Center, United Farm Workers and American Islamic Congress.


The special segment will air live at the pre-dedication ceremony to an expected audience of 400,000, and also it can be seen nationally on public television stations. Go to www.mygeneration.org or call your local PBS station for times. In addition to developing the video, AARP donated $1 million to the construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.


To learn more about the many ways AARP is addressing topics of interest to the 50+ African American community, go to www.aarp.org/blackcommunity.


About AARP’s My Generation

Daytime Emmy nominated My Generation features celebrities and nationally known experts covering issues from health and money to relationships and volunteering.  The program includes award-winning stories of reinvention, pursuing your passion and making a difference.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Sec’y of State Jesse White’s School Bus Driver Legislation signed into law

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2011 2 COMMENTS

Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to suspend for three years the school bus permit of a driver who refuses to submit to a test or fails to obtain a zero tolerance for the presence of alcohol, drugs or intoxicating compounds was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. The law takes effect January 1, 2012.

“It is unconscionable that anyone would ever endanger the lives of school children by consuming alcohol or drugs prior to driving their school bus route,” said White.  “This legislation ensures that any such school bus driver’s permit will be suspended by my office for three years.”

Public Act 97-0466, sponsored in the House by Lisa Dugan (D-Kankakee) and in the Senate by Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), allows a school bus company that has a reasonable suspicion to believe that their school bus driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to require the driver to submit to alcohol and drug testing before driving a school bus.  The Secretary of State’s office will suspend the school bus permit for three years of any driver that refuses to submit to the test or fails to obtain a zero tolerance for alcohol or drugs.

Under Illinois law, in order to obtain a school bus driver permit all school bus drivers must submit to fingerprinting and extensive state and federal background checks to further ensure the safety of Illinois school children.  The fingerprints are continuously checked against the state and federal databases to assure that a future conviction for any offense that would exclude a driver from operating a school bus will result in the immediate suspension of the driver’s school bus permit.

Lt. Gov. Simon welcomes third graders back to school

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Urges future Class of 2025 to aim for college                                                                                                                                                                                           

Springfield, IL – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon welcomed third grade students back to school at three Central Illinois elementary schools today, pledging to fight for education reforms that will help them become the future college Class of 2025.

“Never doubt that if you work hard all the way through high school, you can go to college,” Lt. Governor Simon told the third graders, before leading them in songs on her banjo. “A college education can open the door to your dreams.”

As the Governor’s point person on education reform, Simon has embarked on a statewide Complete College tour this year, visiting dozens of community colleges and addressing lawmakers, school leaders and teachers, urging them to make data-driven, student-centered reforms that could lead to higher graduation and completion rates.

Illinois leaders want 60 percent of all working-age adults to hold a college degree or certificate by 2025, up from about 40 percent today. In order to reach this goal, Illinois’ postsecondary institutions must increase the number of graduates statewide by 4,400 students each year, for a total of 600,000 additional graduates by 2025, according to the state’s 2010 Complete College America self-assessment report.

“We’ve taken great strides in reforming our education system, but our work is not done until we can maximize every student’s growth and provide all Illinois children with a quality education,” Simon said. “A student’s pursuit of higher education should be bound only by their aspirations, not by background or financial need.”

Simon’s first stop was at Feitshans Academy, a fine-arts magnet school that features a variety of art, choir and music clubs in Springfield School District 186. To provide a solid foundation for math skills that hamper so many students’ college experiences, Feitshans recently implemented a new curriculum that uses interactive and visual learning strategies, including games and videos, to engage students. It also stresses parent involvement, allowing parents to provide support with nightly math assignments via the internet.

“This is going to be a great school year. We are especially encouraged by the message Lt. Governor Simon brought to Feitshans today,” said Feitshans Academy Principal Reiko Hurd. “It is never too early for our students to think about the future. What better time than the first day of school?”

At her second stop, Simon visited Peoria’s oldest elementary school, Irving Primary, and introduced students to four alumni who are entering college this fall to show them an example of success. Andrew Jordan, Porsha Broadwater, Donald Johnson and Crystal Mason each received $1,000 scholarship from the community-based Can Do program for continuing their education.

“I look at my future and I wanted to be different than my friends and go to college,” Jordan told the students. “On TV and in the movies, everyone goes to college and good things happen to them. I want to have that life.”

Simon ended her school day at Oakland Elementary School in Bloomington, where all students and staff participate in a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) program to encourage positive academic and social behavior that will help students stay in school through high school and beyond. Students aim to “fill each others’ bucket” – or help and support each other – by following the school’s oath to act respectfully, responsibly and safely. Its reputation for positive behavior and above average test scores has made Oakland a top school within the district and leader in student achievement.

“Promoting the college vision and belief at an early age that our children will attend college will help build confidence and a shared vision of the future,” said Oakland Principal Mary Kay Scharf.

Simon is working with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and Illinois Community College Board to fix the “leaky education pipeline” that loses students at key transitions along the way to a college degree or certificate. Linking high school juniors and seniors to college courses and easing the transition from community college to four-year universities are keys to improving completion rates.

“I applaud Lt. Governor Simon for planting a seed – that going to college is an important life goal – with our state’s third graders,” said George Reid, executive director of IBHE, who accompanied Simon at the visits. “It is critical that we encourage all our students to pursue education after high school to prepare them for the jobs of the future. I call upon parents and grandparents of all third graders to join Lt. Governor Simon in offering their children the same encouragement and support.”

State’s Attorney hosts Human Trafficking Conference

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The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host a conference beginning Tuesday, August 23, 2011,  that will bring local and national experts together to explore a wide range of topics relevant to the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases here in Cook County, according to the Office of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

State’s Attorney Alvarez and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will kick off the conference with opening remarks Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at Loyola University’s downtown Chicago campus.  The two-day conference is part of State’s Attorney Alvarez’s ongoing efforts to combat the crime of human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. 

More than 150 people representing law enforcement, public and private human service agencies, medical personnel as well as academics from around the country are expected to attend the conference.  Attendees will hear from experts on topics that include identifying and responding to the medical and psychological needs of trafficking victims, forced labor trafficking, and corporate social responsibility surrounding the issue of human trafficking.   

Several survivors of labor and sex trafficking will also share their experiences as part of the program.

The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force is led in partnership by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Salvation Army’s STOP IT Program, and the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA).

The conference will be held Aug. 23 and 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at Loyola University’s downtown Chicago campus, 111 E. Pearson, on the 16th floor in Regents Hall.

Banks Entertainment debuts “Drunk” the stage play

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“Drunk” is the true story of Celebrity-Mom Priscilla Gibson’s struggle with alcoholism, addition, and abuse for 27 years


Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (BlackNews.com) — Alcoholism, addiction and abuse are significant terms to describe the life and unfortunate times seen by celebrity-Mom Priscilla Gibson. Based on the best-selling book, DRUNK for 27 years by Author Cynthia Banks, Banks Entertainment brings this compelling true story to life with the stage play. “DRUNK” the Stage Play is a gripping, true story, chronicling the life & violent times of Priscilla Gibson’s battle with alcoholism, abuse and recovery.

Debuting in the DFW area, the first two productions are on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Theater located at 120 E. Main St., Grand Prairie, TX. On Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:30 p.m., the productions will be at the Scott Theater, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, TX 76107. Gibson will make a special appearance to all shows in September to share her message of victory and triumph.

“DRUNK” takes a shocking look directly into the face of an alcoholic mom, Priscilla Gibson, and the darkness she faced through 27 years of alcohol addiction, heartache, rape, abuse, and recovery. Witness her testimony through her faith in God and how she confronts and endures real life situations, love from her supportive children and consequences based on her poor choices. This play is intended for mature audiences only.

“We are excited to bring my book to life on the stage and display a true testament of healing. You will feel a flood of emotions as you hope for Priscilla to survive and witness her choice to live,” says author/creator Cynthia Banks.

Accompanied by a live band with original music written by playwright Michael S. Johnson, this production is a must-see and will send you on an emotional rollercoaster from the opening act to the closing curtain. This play will make you laugh, cry, relate and sympathize.

Director ShaVonne Banks-Davis says, “This play is a testimony to anyone affected by alcoholism or addiction. With an awesome cast and dedicated production team, it delivers the message that through counseling, family support and faith you can make the choice to live and not die.”

Advance tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at Banks Entertainment, 3610 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Ste. 211, Arlington, TX 76013 or by calling 817-460-2265. Box office information for the Uptown Theater shows is also available online at www.uptowntheatergp.com. A portion of all tickets sales will be donated to 619 Productions Arts Program, a 501 (c)(3) charitable creative arts organization located in Fort Worth, TX. For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase an ad in play program, please contact ShaVonne at 817.460.2265 or shavonnebanksent@gmail.com.

For media inquiries, contact Premier Concepts at 310.605.5472 or visit www.drunkthestageplay.com for play details and future tour dates.
About Priscilla Gibson
Priscilla Gibson is the mother of four, one of which is a well-known entertainer. She has endured years of abuse and suffered through 27 years of alcoholism. Gibson is now sober, a born-again Christian and resides in Southern California.

About Banks Entertainment
Banks Entertainment, a Dallas/Fort Worth based company, offers CD Duplication, Printing, Publishing, and Talent Booking. The Event Management division has assisted with events targeting HIV awareness, bullying and now alcoholism and addiction with “DRUNK” the stage play.

About Author Cynthia Banks
Author and Creative Director for the stage play “DRUNK”, Cynthia Banks has resided in Ft. Worth, TX since 1988 and is the author of, Prayers of the Innocent and Drunk for 27 Years which are available on www.amazon.com and her website www.authorcynthiabanks.com. Her latest book, M.A.C. Daddy will be released Fall 2011.

Jesse White and the Chicago White Sox unveil New Permanent Sox License Plate

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2011 1 COMMENT

 Money Raised From the License Plates Will Support Public Schools


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Chicago White Sox unveiled the new White Sox permanent Illinois license plate today.

The black plate, which features the Sox logo, was on display during a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center. Former Chicago White Sox players Minnie Minoso and Moose Skowron, Senior Director of Community Relations Christine O’Reilly and White Sox mascot Southpaw were present for the unveiling.

“I am proud to make the Chicago White Sox license plates available to the public as a means of showing team spirit and supporting public education across the state,” said White. “With the team in playoff contention, it is a fitting time for motorists to purchase a Sox license plate.”

Twenty-five dollars from each license plate goes to the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund and is earmarked for the Common School Fund, which supports public schools throughout the state of Illinois.

“We are thrilled that White Sox fans have another way to show their support for the team,” said O’Reilly. “And in doing so, they can contribute to a great cause and help education programs in Illinois.”

Public Act 095-0331, enacted in 2002, allows for Illinois sports teams to have license plates designated as Professional Sports Teams license plates. The Chicago White Sox are the fifth sports team in the state to take advantage of the law.

Starting today (August 23, 2011), the public can preorder the license plates by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Fans can order random number, personalized or vanity plates. The cost to purchase a random number Sox plate for a currently titled vehicle with valid Illinois registration is $69. Pricing varies for vanity and personalized license plates.

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