"Dear Randy, I know of people that have no front license plates on their cars, Their front bumpers are rounded and plush looking and the car manufactures don't even provide a bracket for them. What are they to do, just ruin the plastic bumper cover and bend the plate so it conforms to the rounded bumper or put them in the front on the dash by the windshield and look like a dork?"
The majority of States in the U.S.(31), including Illinois, require front license plates. For this reason, all of the major car manufacturers have front license plate brackets installed or available for the vehicles they manufacture. If you purchase a vehicle without the front bracket, you can contact a dealership for the bracket. If your car is purchased from a dealer, they should be able to provide this for you prior to the sale.
You should never place a license plate loose in the front window of a car. In a crash, it could become a sharp projectile for passengers. Such placement is considered improper display and would be a violation of the vehicle code the same as not displaying the plate as required on the front of the car. Thanks for your question