Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the sons and daughters of fallen members of the U.S. armed forces to apply for special Gold Star license plates.
The Chicago Democrat signed the measure Saturday in Rockford. He called the license plates "a small but constant reminder" of the service members' sacrifice.
The legislation was sponsored by two Republicans: Rep. John M. Cabello of Machesney Park and Sen. Dave Syverson of Rockford.
Spouses, siblings and parents of fallen troops already may apply for Gold Star plates. The law expanding the plates to children takes effect Jan. 1.
The Department of Defense issues Gold Star lapel pins as a symbol of honor to families of service members who die while engaged in action.