News

Fallen Veterans’ Gold Star License Plates: Sons & Daughters May Apply

Fallen Veterans’ Gold Star License Plates: Sons & Daughters May Apply

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the sons and daughters of fallen members of the U.S. armed forces to apply for special Gold Star license plates.

The Chicago Democrat signed the measure Saturday in Rockford. He called the license plates “a small but constant reminder” of the service members’ sacrifice.

The legislation was sponsored by two Republicans: Representative John M. Cabello of Machesney Park and Senator Dave Syverson of Rockford.

Spouses, siblings and parents of fallen troops already may apply for Gold Star plates. The law expanding the plates to children takes effect January 1st.

The Department of Defense issues Gold Star lapel pins as a symbol of honor to families of service members who die while engaged in action.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Springfield IG Position On Hold Pending Ward 10 Appointment

municipalcenter

An ordinance is on the table to create the Office of Inspector General, which could be a full time or part time contractual employee.

in Local

Springfield Prayer Vigil Held in Wake of Ferguson Riots

Hands

Riots in Ferguson spark frank discussions in Springfield

in Local

Man Takes Money, Jewelery From North End Store

gun

Springfield Police are looking for a man that robbed a north end payday loan store Tuesday morning.

in Local

Christian County Authorities Investigate Baby Death

medical

A one month old baby is dead in Kincaid.

in Local

Illinois Ebola Hotline Suspended

ebola

The number of calls to it has fallen sharply.