Â 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 Oâ€™Reilly and White Sox mascot Southpaw were present for the unveiling.
â€œI 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,â€ said White. â€œWith the team in playoff contention, it is a fitting time for motorists to purchase a Sox license plate.â€
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.
â€œWe are thrilled that White Sox fans have another way to show their support for the team,â€ said Oâ€™Reilly. â€œAnd in doing so, they can contribute to a great cause and help education programs in Illinois.â€
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.