“It has been a goal of mine to make these plates a permanent fixture in Illinois,” Cross said in a press release. “These plates not only provide funding for Diabetes research, but are also small traveling billboards for Diabetes Awareness that will be seen across the state and the country.”
In order for the Diabetes License Plates to be put into production, 1,500 Illinoisans must request the plates. The goal is to hit that threshold by Diabetes Awareness Day, which is Nov. 14.
Cross has created a website to make the request process easier. The form to request the plates and instructions are available at www.tomcross.com/diabetes.
“The process for requesting the plates is very simple. You just need to fill out the request form and send in a check for $25 to the Secretary of State’s office,” said Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).
The $25 will be placed in the Diabetes Research Check Off Fund. If the 1,500 plate requests are not reached, the $25 will still go to diabetes research.
Currently, only three other states have Diabetes Awareness plates.