IDHS decals to fund pediatric cancer research

In an effort to increase funding for pediatric cancer research, the Illinois Senate passed legislation on April 11 that would authorize the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to issue a decal for pediatric cancer awareness.

Senate Bill 946 would create the decals, which would have an original issuance fee of $25; with $10 to the awareness fund and $15 to the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund. The renewal fee would be $25 with $23 to the fund and $2 to the Secretary of State Special License Plate Fund.

The legislation was inspired by a Jersey County family’s struggle with pediatric cancer. Jonny Wade was diagnosed at age seven and passed away in 2015 after bravely battling the disease for nearly a year. His family has continued to advocate for further research in Jonny’s memory.

Senate Bill 946 is currently in the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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