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The opinion page of April 26 proved to be quite interesting regarding the myriad of specialty plates that Illinois currently has.

It is understandable that our adjacent states may have several different options for special plates and their causes, all of which have good causes and merit. However, it really makes me wonder why Illinois insists on having so many different plate styles, adding much confusion — not only for drivers, but police agencies as well.

There still needs to be a reduction of plates in Illinois, including the elimination of the front license plate. With savings of more than $800,000, it is definitely worth exploring further.

As I stated in a previous letter, police enforce motor vehicle laws from the rear of the vehicle when issuing citations. Since this is the case, why are our lawmakers in Springfield so insistent on maintaining a front plate and all the multitude of specialty plates?

Don’t the majority of Illinois residents realize — or care — that there are alternative ways of licensing vehicles that could help them, as motorists, save themselves and their state money in these trying times?

Isn’t it time to revisit legislation to eliminate the front license plate in Illinois? What do you think? Why not let your area House and Senate elected officials know by contacting them.

Mike Profilet, Normal

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