Talk:Vehicle registration plates of Illinois

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Colors[edit]

1969 plate was an orange background with dark blue green lettering

1975 plate was a bright yellow background with black lettering.

HS basketball champs colors[edit]

I had heard that at one time, the plate colors were those of the reigning state high school basketball champions. Any truth to this?Wschart (talk) 16:35, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Not that I can see.HuskyHuskie (talk) 03:59, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
The colors on Illinois license plates in the years 1955 - 1961 and 1964 used the school colors of various Illinois colleges and universities. The schools whose colors were used are now fully shown in the "Notes" column. The years 1963, 1965, and 1975 were used to honor companies or a person, and that information is also shown in the notes. Zcarstvnz (talk) 06:54, 26 August 2017 (UTC)

Large source of plate data[edit]

I've just added quite a bit of info on plate history that I got straight from the horse's mouth--the Illinois Secretary of State's website. It's located here. My question is, since this is a government website, can't we take the images off of the site and put them in here? HuskyHuskie (talk) 03:59, 28 August 2011 (UTC)


That's a great source of information. I believe that the photos used on the site are the property of the people of Illinois, thus giving one free use of reproduction providing they're not profiting from the usage. Cosier (talk) 02:36, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

Politics[edit]

Removed statement from 1979 issue comments:

"Under Democratic Secretary of State Alan Dixon, the state slogan "Land of Lincoln", honoring the Republican president, was shrunk to a much smaller, nearly unreadable size."

There's nothing to suggest that the sitting Secretary of State of Illinois had a beef with former president Lincoln on the grounds of his political affiliation. It should also be stated that the Secretary of State does not design the state's license plates, he/she simply signs off on them. If, for some reason, Secretary Dixon DID have a problem with President Lincoln, (1) No one in this forum cares - we're talking license plates here, (2) it's pure innuendo that the size of the slogan was due to Dixon's political leanings or personal feelings about Lincoln and (3) some sort of citation is going to be in order for one to smear Secretary Dixon as anti-Lincoln. Cosier (talk) 02:36, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

First of all, I never said that Dixon had a beef with Lincoln. I merely stated facts, which were uncontestable, except, perhaps, for the term "nearly unreadable", which I guess is a matter of opinion (and distance--I could read them when I first screwed in the bolts). For you to say that I'm trying to "smear Secretary Dixon" (I imagine he prefers, these days, to be called "Senator Dixon", but I'm just guessing) is not particularly civil, on your part.
Secondly, your statement that the SoS is not involved in the design of the plates may be true, but your assertion that he merely "signs off" on them is naive, I think. Unless you worked in the office when the decision was being made (which I acknowledge is certainly possible), I doubt you have much to offer on this count other than speculation. I'll take my speculation over yours.
Having said all this (read: you've convinced me of nothing.), you are correct about one thing: we're talking license plates here, and it's just not worth the fight. Short of finding some source to justify putting some semblance of the comment back in, I will yield to your chivalry on Alan's behalf. HuskyHuskie (talk) 02:54, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
Fascinating argument on your part. Your passion regarding the subject as well as the language you use (as well as your sour tone toward me) only suggests further that you have some sort of political agenda. I don't - and I don't give a shit about Dixon or any other politician - put your facts back in. But as long as you don't have citations to back your facts up, political or not, I'll simply flag them, then take them back out again. Cosier (talk) 04:17, 4 September 2011 (UTC)
Your reply seems to ignore the fact that a) my words were actually factual--no citation is needed to support the claim that Dixon was a Democrat, Lincoln was a Republican, and that under Dixon, the phrase "Land of Lincoln" was shrunk to less than half of its earlier size--and yet, b) I am not bothering to change your edit. As to whether or not I have an agenda, the answer is no. I suppose, while in 1979 I did truly resent the way the new plate had been changed, and that while a lot of people in my neck of the woods did, indeed, speculate that Dixon might have had partisan motives, upon reflection, decades later, I am forced to admit that Dixon's overall history as an elected official is one of ultimate non-partisanship, perhaps more than any other Illinois politician of his time, GOP or Democrat. My edit reflected my youthful attitude, placed here without much thought, and I'm glad that you called me on it. HuskyHuskie (talk) 21:06, 4 September 2011 (UTC)