This Chicago Cubs blog is inspired by the Trib ads in the 80s called Tales from the Upper Deck, which featured one of my heroes and die-hard Cub fan, Mike Royko.
I spent a great deal of my time up in Aisle 424 of Wrigley Field with other Cubs season ticket holders from 1998 to 2010. We mainly talked about the Cubs or baseball, but we also delved into other topics on occasion. Though many of us have given up our Season Tickets now, we still get together to talk baseball and discuss the continuing failure of the Chicago Cubs to win a World Series in our lifetimes.
Tales from Aisle 424 usually resembles the occasionally insightful, mostly snarky, and nonsensical rants of me and my summer family (and it usually comes back around to the Cubs).
I made a big deal about the Cubs trying to use state money as a means to increase their own wealth, so it is refreshing to be able to also point out when the Cubs do something that is more socially conscious. The Cubs and the Illinois Secretary of State's office kicked off an initiative today where the goal is to actually pump money back into the state budget by making official Cubs license plates available to fans who want to let everyone on the road know that they shouldn't be cut off in traffic if the Cubs are losing.
Twenty-five dollars from each license plate goes to the Professional Sports Teams Education Fund and is earmarked for the Common School Fund which supports public schools throughout the state of Illinois.
You can go to the Secretary of State's website now and reserve a Cubs license plate for yourself so everyone on the road will know where your allegiances lie and maybe some kids will get a slightly better education as a result.
You can get Vanity, Personalized or randomly generated plates with the Cubs design. The full (and complicated) list of fees for regular passenger vehicles are detailed here. Also, don't ask me to explain the difference between a Vanity and Personalized plate. I just know Vanity plates are more expensive.