Senator Barickman passes legislation to allow Firefighter memorial plates on motorcycles

SPRINGFIELD – Motorcycle riders may soon be able to support the Illinois Fire Fighters’ Memorial fund, thanks to legislation passed in the Senate and sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

“The Illinois Fire Fighters’ Memorial Fund is a great cause and worthy of our support,” said Sen. Barickman. “This will open up a whole new group of drivers and vehicles who will now be able to take part.”

House Bill 5649 would allow motorcycles to use the same Illinois Firefighters’ Memorial Fund plates that are used on cars and trucks.

Purchase and renewal of these specialty plates sends $15 to the memorial fund. Moneys in that fund are used for maintaining the Illinois Fire Fighters’ Memorial, holding an annual memorial commemoration and Medal of Honor ceremony, and providing scholarships to children and spouses of firefighters killed in the line of duty.

House Bill 5649 will allow motorcycles to use the same Illinois Firefighters’ Memorial Fund plates that are used on cars and trucks.

Due to a recent change to state law, the Secretary of State is no longer creating new specialty plates, creating the need to use the full size plates on motorcycles in this case.

“I’m glad people we could get this done to help support the memorial fund,” said Senator Barickman. “As a motorcyclist myself, I appreciate the desire by riders to support this cause on their own bikes.”

The legislation already passed the House and is now headed to the Governor for his signature.

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