The leadership of the police community in Illinois is dead set against removing front license plates from Illinois cars.
Back in the 1990’s a bill to do so gained traction. and the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association sent a letter urging its defeat.
Having seen cars from many, many states without front plates, I wrote each of the Police Chiefs on the letterhead asking how many tickets their departments had written for people that did not have front plates.
I don’t remember getting any replies.
I even started looking for vehicles with back plates, but nothing on front.
I think it was the Belvidere Township Assessor in 1972, when I first ran for State Rep. who first pointed out that some cars didn’t have front plates. He argued that people were buying a set of plates for one car and putting them on the back ends of two.
Now, I see a Harvard Police report where the lack of a front plate. Here’s the report:
On 05-14-14 at 1026 hrs, Maria Aranda-Rodriguez (f/ 27 yoa) of 11420 US Route 14 was arrested for Driving While License Suspended, No Front Registration Plate, and Operating an Uninsured Motor. Aranda-Rodriguez posted the $150 bond and was released with a court date of 06-18-14 at 1330 hrs.
I am still not convinced that a front plate is essential for law enforcement purposes.
Of course, the front plates do make it easier for the plate scanning cameras.