wholly within the discretion of the Secretary, except that the
emblem of the organization Illinois Support Our Troops, Inc.,
and its "Support Our Troops!" mark shall appear on the plate.
The address of the organization's Internet web site may appear
on the plate, and the organization may alternate the mark to
"Salute our Heroes!" in a manner that respects inventory. The
field of the plate may be colored. The Secretary may, in his or
her discretion, allow the plates to be issued as vanity or
personalized plates in accordance with Section 3-405.1 of this
Code. The plates are not required to designate "Land of
Lincoln", as prescribed in subsection (b) of Section 3-412 of
this Code. The Secretary, in his or her discretion, shall
approve and prescribe stickers or decals as provided under
(c) An applicant for the special plate shall be charged a
$40 fee for original issuance in addition to the appropriate
registration fee. Of this fee, $25 shall be deposited into the
Support Our Troops Fund and $15 shall be deposited into the
Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund to be used by the
Secretary to help defray the administrative processing costs.
For each registration renewal period, a $27 fee, in addition to
the appropriate registration fee, shall be charged. Of this
fee, $25 shall be deposited into the Support Our Troops Fund
and $2 shall be deposited into the Secretary of State Special
License Plate Fund.
(d) The Support Our Troops Fund is created as a special
fund in the State treasury. All moneys in the Support Our
Troops Fund shall be paid, subject to appropriation by the
General Assembly and approval by the Secretary, as grants to
Illinois Support Our Troops, Inc., a not-for-profit public
purpose charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3),
for charitable assistance to the troops and their families in
accordance with its Articles of Incorporation.
This Act takes effect upon