State Sen. Melinda BushChicago Tribune - March 18, 2016 | Original article

By Tribune news service

A new bill proposing a special Illinois license plate to help preserve the monarch butterfly has been proposed in the Illinois state Senate.

The plan by state Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, is to allow motorists to pay a surcharge for stickers to indicate their support for the monarch, the offical insect of Illinois.

The monarch population in Illinois has decreased 90 percent in the past two decades because of changes in habitat.
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Bush says monarchs need milkweed plants to lay eggs and feed. Interstate highway medians could be developed with the plant so the butterfly could visit the milkweeds with little outside distraction.

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