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Special license plate proposal to save Illinois' state insect

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Experts say the monarch butterfly's population is declining Experts say the monarch butterfly's population is declining

Illinois Senate Democrat Melinda Bush is proposing a special Illinois license plate to help preserve the state insect.

The plan is to allow motorists to pay a surcharge for stickers to indicate their support for the monarch butterfly's viability.

Experts say the monarch population in Illinois has decreased 90 percent in the past two decades because of changes in habitat.     

"We think one of the things that is happening are things like round up ready corn is killing all the weeds, one of which is milkweed which what they need to survive. That's the only thing their caterpillars will eat." Quincy University Professor of Biology Joe Coelho said. 

Bush says monarchs need milkweed plants to lay eggs and feed, and says highway medians could be developed with that plant.

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