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.