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Illinois to auction vanity plate "1"

GasBuddy Blog -- Who wants to be driving around Illinois as number 1? According to our friends at The Expired Meter, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently discovered that the state had not issued the plate, in fact, it had been deliberately kept out of circulation. Want to be #1? You can- but it'll cost you.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times article, the plate once belonged to a group of Chicago-based Roman Catholic Cardinals. After that, it went to an Illinois Secretary of State, after that, the vehicle of a former first lady.

It's been the best non-secret ever kept, but the Sun-Times recently brought the "1" plate to the attention of Gov. Pat Quinn. According to the Sun-Times, Quinn now has a plan to put passenger plate No. 1 back into...


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KY_Homeboy
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 11:15:10 AM

Wasteful spending of cash
magpie2013
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 10:44:02 AM

waste of time and money, tell the governor to buy it! Horribly waste of money, if you have it why not donate it for tornado's relief at least the money would do some good!!
carefrey
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 5:53:10 PM

People just spend money on anything don't they?
CDMAuto
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 5:52:01 PM

Being #1 is not fun I would rather be #333 or #222.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 5:37:26 PM

wow
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:28:36 PM

I would not purchase it.
ACES11HIGH
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 4:42:27 PM

Yup...who cares?
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:26:50 PM

Sounds good to me!
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 5:58:41 AM

vanity is right.
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 10:23:56 AM

Maine's #1 belongs to Bowdoin College president. Was given to them by the previous owner an alumni.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:30:12 AM

That's RIDICULOUS!!!!!
335d1
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 6:28:16 AM

Why not, it makes money for the state.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 5:58:02 AM

the land where everything is for sale, including senator seats...
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2012 5:57:34 AM

vanity is right... go have at it. I don't care.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:03:48 PM

Old news
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 7:00:16 PM

I people will pay the price, OK.
nokaoi2009
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 4:57:40 PM

That's a painless way to raise money. Let people spend their money in the way they want to purchase something that is important to them. If there are more than one person interested in the same thing, then let them battle it out until only one gets it. An auction for certain vanity license plates is a win-win situation, especially for the government and taxpayers who will pay that much less in taxes.

I wonder if vanity numbers will work with other government-issued items, like driver's license, business license, tax license, etc. Numbers that are significant to the user could be bought like vanity vehicle license plates, and some (like primo #1 or lucky #7 or prosperous #888) could be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 3:47:38 PM

why
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 2:46:31 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 1:46:36 PM

If you are just one on your plate you sure want to obey the laws. Don't be robbin any banks or anything. I can hear it now. "Did you get his tag number?"
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 1:18:42 PM

old
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:28:31 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:09:04 PM

Reissue other expired or 'lost' plates: vintage, historical or unique. Vanity plates 'sell' for more money and if people want them, then will pay. The money can be used by the state or for needy programs.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:06:14 PM

Saw this yesterday.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:04:14 PM

Thats just Silly
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:02:45 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:02:29 PM

Not for me, thank you.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:02:24 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:01:51 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:00:25 PM

Old news for the third day!
dan30thz28
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 12:00:20 PM

This has nothing to do with fuel prices!
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:59:30 AM

ok.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:58:31 AM

They should auction away EVERY Vanity Plate EVERY YEAR, so highest bidder gets the plate
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:57:51 AM

ok
crashintuc34
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:57:38 AM

"#1" for third day in a row.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:57:19 AM

ok
NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:57:12 AM

OK, OK. I up my bid to $6.00. Now maybe this story will go away.
ClevelandWheele
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:55:14 AM

Ok
jh1552
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:54:18 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:53:28 AM

How many days are they going to post this?
mickealo
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:53:14 AM

its just vanity don't need it
QualTekGuy
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:53:07 AM

This wasn't news worthy when it was new.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:51:58 AM

Who cares
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:51:05 AM

Very old news.
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:49:41 AM

ok
zimowski
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:47:18 AM

Old story.
OU812Lary
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:43:54 AM

cool
rtw777
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:42:18 AM

Really silly.
I10Express
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:42:14 AM

Who cares. Not a good national gas topic.
BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:41:34 AM


"1" for #1 most corrupt state?
jadeusa
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2012 11:41:15 AM

States have to raise cash in other ways since the gas tax revenues are down.
Better than states charging taxes based on the miles driven.
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