Bill proposes single license plate for Illinois vehicle owners

Illinois drivers would only need one license plate under terms of a bill moving forward in Springfield.

House Bill 1623 would allow motorized vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, trailers, semi-trailers, motorized pedal cycles or truck tractors to only install one license plate, allowing for a reduced cost to the state.

“It would save us money,” said state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, who is championing the bill, said. “It would save us $800,000 a year because we’d be able to cut our license plate production in half.”

The price to produce the license plates would move from $3.20 to $2.60, but that would not reduce the cost for vehicle owners.

The bill is gaining support from both Illinois citizens and car dealerships.

“The car dealerships are very much in favor of it because it saves time and money installing the plate,” Skillicorn said. “But mostly it's citizen-driven.”

Criticism for the bill considers the ability for police officers to identify vehicles by both a front and back license plate. Skillicorn said that’s not the case with modern police technology.

“Nowadays, police are usually using automatic scanners so they can electronically do that and not have to manually punch in numbers anymore, so that alleviates some of the need.”

With one license plate, drivers could potentially get more miles to the gallon from improved aerodynamics.

“A lot of cars are more aerodynamic nowadays, and also there’s a lot of people, a lot of owners that like the look without having the plate,” Skillicorn said.

To date, 19 states and Puerto Rico have implemented a single license plate law, including the neighboring state of Tennessee.

Feb 2019 Governor's Report

Governor’s Report

February 23-24, 2019

To date the Midwest Region is the largest region with 27 Corvette clubs, 2,435 members, 50 MALs, 25 Lifetime members, Corvette Club of Illinois is the largest in the MWR, with 205 members. Our club is the fifth largest club in our region.

There are 251 sanctioned events in the region this year.

Scholarship applications are available and must be completed and returned by June 1, 2019. To date there have been four submitted.

There is information for 2019 Denver and 2020 Indianapolis conventions on the activity table. Registration for the Denver convention is open.

2018 National Champions were announced at the meeting. They will appear in Blue Bars next edition.

Number One:

Club: Cornhuskers

Women : Jan Gillespie

Men: Jack Alexander

Cornhusker Corvette Club, Omaha, NE. donated $11,000 to the Scholarship/Charity Committee to be donated to St. Jude.

On May 25th ESPN Car Radio, at 10 a.m., John Cantelmo will broadcast live about the NCCC. If there is any note worthy information we’d like him to “plug”, it needs to be sent via email to him no later than April 15, 2019.

Our autocross flyer was approved, the Certificate of Insurance has been returned. Please sign up at the activity table! Because this is a sanctioned event, everyone will receive points, so please sign up early! This event will be easy and fun!

For those who don’t know, I will be taking on a new responsibility with our region. I’ve been elected as the new RMD (Regional Membership Director) for the Midwest Region.

Respectfully submitted,

Sandy Arnold

Feb 2019 Meeting Minutes

Mid-Illinois Corvette Club

February 11, 2019

Membership Meeting Minutes

The February 11, 2019 meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm. by President, Steve Rees.  There were 27 members present and 2 guest, Mike & Holly Quick they own a 2017 Z51 Convertible.  Currently the club membership is 163 with 91 households.

Steve welcomed everyone.

There was no program at the meeting. President Steve Rees did present a mystery

spotlight which talked about Robin and Lisa Jones. That is always a fun way to learn about our members. Please contact Steve if you would like to participate

Treasurer’s Report:  A detailed report was presented. A copy of the treasurer’s report was  available for those wanting to view during meetings. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s Report and was seconded and approved. The audit committee did meet in January and complete the audit with no discrepancies. The board also presented a budget for this year. Members were asked what they would like to do regarding the $500 budgeted for the St. Jude Corvette Drive Sponsorship. Since we had a successful year with the selling of dining tour books; $1086 was raised. The question was raised should the club still budget $500 for St Jude Corvette Drive. One suggestion was to add that to the total for St. Jude, another idea was to split the money between St. Jude Corvette Drive and Kids Shoe Fund. It was voted on giving $250 to the Shoe Fund and $250 to St. Jude Corvette Drive.

Secretary’s Report: January's Meeting minutes were approved and seconded to accept.  These minutes will be emailed along with the January 14, 2019 minutes to all members.  Those without an email address will be mailed via U.S. mail.

Governor’s Report:   None.   Convention information is at the activity table.  Sign up for the September Autocross is also at the activity table.

Activities Report:  All events are on the website calendar.  Rich Anderson usually sends a reminder email/invite before an event.

Our next event is on Saturday February 16 for Valentines Day at Venezia Italian Bistro in Pekin at 5:00 pm.

The club continues to grow; there are many activities to participate in.  Before meetings several members meet at Kep’s in Washington at 5:00 pm for dinner.

Remember this is your club!  There are many opportunities to volunteer from serving as a board member to leading an event to helping with one of our charities. We wouldn’t exist without our members/volunteers.

Membership Report:  Mike & Holly Quick Joined the club. Welcome we hope you enjoy being a part of the Mid Illinois Corvette Club. We are now 165 members and 92 households.

Webmaster Report:  Please email any pictures you would like to have added to the website to Don Karnes at

Old Business: None

New Business:

Mike Durham is sill recovering from foot surgery and Darlene Corrie is also home after surgery recovering. Get well soon and come back.

Mo Sweet talked about the St. Jude Corvette Drive on May 16 & 17. This year the goal is a120 cars.

We are in desperate need of a Secretary. Please contact Steve to accept the position, the club needs you!

Trivia Question:  What was the 1st year that a V8 engine was offered in the Corvette?

  1. 1955    

Mo Sweet name was drawn with the correct answer; $20 donated to the Shoe Fund. Thank you Mo.

50 / 50 Drawing Cash collected:  $51.00 Winner: $26.00

      Steve Rees won the 50/50 and donated it to the St. Jude Drive. Thank you Steve.

A motion to adjourn was made and seconded at 7:18 pm.

Respectfully Submitted

Peggy Karnes


Message from President Concerning Openings on Board

  • This is your club president, and I wanted to bring something to your attention before our next regular meeting.  We have 1 opening on the Board, Secretary for the Mid-Illinois Corvette Clu We really need to have this filled, to be able to effectively operate the Club, so we're asking that each of you give some serious consideration to helping the club out.

    • Takes the minutes at each regular meeting

    • Distributes meeting minutes (email and to webmaster)

    • Helps keep the president in line

Therefore, I hope you take away that it isn't a ton of work.   It's much more about helping to keep the Club moving forward.  

I know that many of our members have served before, and may feel like they've done their part.  Although I recognize that the Club is as strong as we are because of the past contributions, it is the future contributions we're in need of at the moment.  Whether you have served before or not, please consider helping the Club in 2019.

One final thing - we'll be at the brand new Uftring Washington dealership for our January meeting (January 14th).  If you haven't had an opportunity to see the dealership yet, it looks fantastic.  

Thank you, and I hope to see you at the meeting.


Presenting Check to St. Jude Runners


July 9, 2018 St. Jude Runners Ryan & Amy Jones and their family was presented a check at the meeting.  The money was proceeds of the car show.

1995 Corvette For Sale

From Dale Nelson to Jerry Lancaster now to whom ?

1995 Corvette Convertible , dark green, 350, 350 horsepower, tan top , tan interior, leather power seats, great condition, asking 14,500.00 , 28,000.miles

February 2018 Governors Report

Governor’s Report
February 23-25, 2018
Again this year we will participate in the Great Rivers Autocross. The date and location of the autocross
has changed to Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Quincy Airport. We need volunteers for this event. Further
details will follow.
NCCC membership “plastic” cards will be sent to all members in March. Beginning next year the cards
will only be available electronically.
There is a new membership application. It was suggested that when registering a new member to send
them a “Welcome to the Club” email to make sure their email address is correct. The new member
application should be accompanied by a club check with our club number printed on it and a control
Ballots for elections were destroyed with a print copy of the results will be held by the RE.
We discussed the budget for the MWR and felt it important that there would be no additional
unplanned expenses. Everything should be included in the budget.
Joan Thomas was appointed Web Master, again this year.
Discussed was a standing rule change regarding who would accept new members when the database is
closed. That will fall on the RMD.
Volunteers are needed for the MWR Fundraiser Memorial Day weekend in Rantoul. If you are available
please let me know. WE have donated 6 sanctions for these events.
NCCC has switched to GoDaddy for the website. We can also post our car show on the MWR website
and NCCC Facebook page at Members Only. Login is NCCCMember. Password is 1996GrandSport.
Any information you want to add must be formatted correctly to be used.
At the convention there will be available a high speed event along with instructors.
The NCCC has 17,388 members. Mid-Illinois is the 19 th largest club in the NCCC.
This year there are 104 racing numbers, 23 sanctioned racing dates and 225 racing events in our region.
Would anyone be interested in a sanctioned Ralleye in Milan, IL. ?

Sandy Arnold
Governor 391