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SPRINGFIELD – To honor men and women in uniform who have given the ultimate sacrifice, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) moved a measure through the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday to create a Folds of Honor license plate for families of service members who died in the line of duty.

“I am proud to support Folds of Honor by creating a personalized license plate in Illinois,” Bennett said. “This is a tremendous organization that provides scholarships for the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled heroes, and these license plates are a great way to give back.”

Bennett’s legislation creates the Folds of Honor Foundation Fund, which would provide educational scholarships to military families. The plan allows motorists to purchase a specialty license plate decal to contribute to Folds of Honor through the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. The cost of each specialized plate decal is $25, of which a portion goes directly to the fund. 

“This is a way for anyone to be able to pay tribute to the sacrifices of our fallen,” Bennett said. “It’s also a great opportunity to spread awareness of an important cause.” 

House Bill 1915 passed the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously.

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