(625 ILCS 5/3-651)
Marine Corps license plates.
(a) In addition to any other special license plate, the Secretary, upon
receipt of all applicable fees and applications made in the form prescribed by
the Secretary of State, may issue special registration plates designated as
U.S. Marine Corps license plates to residents of Illinois who meet eligibility
requirements prescribed by the Secretary of State. The special plate issued
under this Section shall be affixed only to passenger vehicles of the first
division, motorcycles, motor vehicles of the second
division weighing not more than 8,000 pounds, and recreational vehicles as
defined by Section 1-169 of this Code. Plates issued under this Section shall
expire according to the staggered multi-year procedure established by Section
3-414.1 of this Code.
(b) The design, color, and format of the plates shall be wholly
within the discretion of the Secretary of State, except that the U.S. Marine
Corps emblem shall appear on the plates. 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 shall prescribe the eligibility requirements
and, in his or her discretion, shall approve and prescribe stickers or decals
as provided under Section 3-412.
(c) An applicant shall be charged a $5 fee for original issuance in
addition to the applicable registration fee. This additional fee shall be deposited into the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund. For each
registration renewal period, an $18 fee, in addition to the appropriate
registration fee, shall be charged. This additional fee
shall be deposited into the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund.
(d) The Marine Corps Scholarship Fund is created as a special fund in
the State treasury. All moneys in the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund shall,
subject to appropriation by the General Assembly and distribution by the Secretary,
be used by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Illinois, Inc., a recognized
charitable organization that meets the requirements of Title 26,
Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Code, to provide grants for
scholarships for higher education. The scholarship recipients must be the
children of current or former members of the United States Marine Corps
who meet the academic, financial, and other requirements established by the
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. In addition, the recipients must be
Illinois residents and must attend a college or university located
within the State of Illinois.
(e) In addition, the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Illinois is authorized to provide grants to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Young Marine National Foundation, the Women Marines Association, and to any local chapter of the Marine Corps League that is located in Illinois. Any grant money paid from the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund shall be used for scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, and career and technical education and certification, financial assistance, or monetary awards to veterans or veterans' families that are located within the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 101-89, eff. 7-19-19.)