- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) - The Eisenhower Foundation is hoping that people still like Ike enough for Kansas to continue production of “I Like Ike” specialty license plates.

Three hundred of the license plates with the slogan from the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign for former President Dwight D. Eisenhower need to be purchased by May 2017 for production to continue, according to the Salina Journal (https://bit.ly/2faEsOR ).

The license plates are available in all counties in Kansas. Foundation executive director Meredith Sleichter said every plate that is sold and renewed sends $50 to benefit the foundation.

Sleichter said the Kansas Legislature approved the tags and part of the statute requires that 500 plates be purchased in two years for production to continue.

Foundation board member Tim Holm bought 20 plates for his vehicles at his company, Holm Automotive.

“This is a great way to promote the state of Kansas and keeping Eisenhower’s legacy alive,” Holm said. “It helps to fund the foundation, and there is a lot of good work going on.”

Supervisor of Saline County vehicle registration Dena Jilka said the license plates can be purchased at any time, and vehicle owners don’t have to wait until it’s time to renew tags.

The cost is a $45 one-time fee to the state and a $50 fee to the foundation, plus regular property taxes. Sleichter said anyone purchasing a plate before the year ends will also receive a free Eisenhower hat.

The Eisenhower Foundation is a nonprofit public foundation created in 1945 as a memorial for former General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, https://www.salina.com


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