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Ducks Unlimited recognizes Illinois senator for support of new specialty DU license plate

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QUINCY, Ill., Oct. 6, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited has recognized Illinois State Sen. John Sullivan for his leadership and support in passing a bill to establish a specialty DU license plate this past legislative session. 

The new license plate, which DU expects to be released sometime in 2011, will include DU's signature duck head logo and provide the wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with $25 for every license plate sold. Dr. Rex Schulz, DU regional vice president, presented Sen. Sullivan with a special decoy in appreciation for his sponsorship of the legislation at the annual DU fundraising banquet held last night in Quincy, Ill. 

"I would like to personally thank Sen. Sullivan for the work that he is doing on behalf of the DU members in his district and for sportsmen and conservationists across Illinois," Schulz remarked. "A specialty license plate for DU has the potential of raising more than a million dollars for Illinois projects over time. DU members have John Sullivan to thank for laying the groundwork that should result in a great conservation legacy for Illinois."

According to DU, proceeds from the specialty license plate will go toward funding DU projects and educational efforts in Illinois. Also, since this is an altogether different license plate, DU members and supporters will have an opportunity to request all new vanity plates and numbers. More information about the plate, including an application form, is available at http://www.ducks.org/illinois/illinois-content/illinois-ducks-unlimited-license-plate.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

Kristin Schrader         734.623.2000      kschrader@ducks.org

Eric Schenck             309.647.5651     eschenck@ducks.org

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