CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are the most popular sports team in Illinois, at least based on license plate preference.
According to the Illinois Secretary of State's office, the Hawks have the No. 1 specialty license plate in the state, with 8,356 plates purchased.
The Blackhawks — who have a bright red plate that features the team logo — beat out all other city sports teams.
The Blackhawks' plates debuted in 2010, after the team won the Stanley Cup, while the other four Chicago pro sports teams' plates were released in 2011.
"The Chicago Blackhawks license plate was the first in the sports series to be made available to the public, and their fan base embraced the opportunity to purchase the license plates," Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said in an emailed statement.
The specialty plates are pricey, as much as $330 for first-time vanity plates. Annual renewal is $141 for specialty plates, $42 more than standard plates.