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  • Gov. Pat Quinn is considering a plan to sell the coveted No. 1 Illinois license plate to the highest bidder.

      Gov. Pat Quinn is considering a plan to sell the coveted No. 1 Illinois license plate to the highest bidder.

 
Associated Press

Want to be No. 1? Well, you could soon get that chance.

Gov. Pat Quinn is considering a plan to sell the coveted No. 1 Illinois license plate to the highest bidder.

A Quinn spokeswoman tells the Chicago Sun-Times that the governor thinks the plate could be a source of revenue for veterans' assistance programs. Spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the cash raised could help homeless veterans, those with post-traumatic stress syndrome or those needing jobs and healthcare.

Other states have put such plates up for bid in the past. In 2009, Delaware's No. 11 plate brought in $675,000 at auction.

Illinois' No. 1 plate has been out of circulation since 2002. It last graced the car of the widow of former Gov. Richard Ogilvie.

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