Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: License plate design.
Abraham Lincoln's face has peered at motorists from license plates on the front and rear of Illinois-registered vehicles for 14 years.
Given the state's financial woes and reluctance to redesign its license plates — Illinois only has had three standard plate designs since 1979 — Honest Abe likely isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
In Indiana, state law requires a new standard license plate design every five years. The current "bicentennial" plate first appeared on vehicles in 2013.
But Hoosiers may be forced to remember next year's celebration of the state's 200th birthday for an extra-long time, since the House recently approved legislation (House Bill 1362) permitting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to delay a license plate redesign for up to 10 years.
That proposal, which could save the state up to $51 million between 2016-20, is awaiting action by the Senate.