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Chicago clerk pushing year-round vehicle stickers

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Chicago's city clerk has decided to have year-round sales of vehicle stickers, an action that will eliminate an annual sticker design contest.

The contest became embroiled in controversy last year when a student's artwork was chosen and later rejected because of alleged street gang symbolism.

The work included Chicago's skyline inside a heart, with hands pointing toward a police hat, firefighter helmet and paramedic symbol. Officials said Herbie Pulgar's heart and hands design might be "misconstrued as containing gang symbols."

Pulgar tearfully denied he was in a gang or that the design was anything other than artistic expression.

Clerk Susana Mendoza says the contest's elimination has nothing to do with that controversy. She says year-round stickers require a no-nonsense design, adding the stickers will have different months of expiration.

The year-round change will force 1.3 million motorists to share their VIN numbers with the clerk's office. Then, in 2014, drivers will receive individual renewal dates six months after their state license plates expire.

At this point, you'll have the option to renew the city sticker for up to two years.

The city's goal is to have all drivers year-to-year renewal rate by 2015.

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