Chicago's city clerk says she will buy a $1,000 savings bond for the boy whose winning design for the 2012-13 vehicle registration sticker was scrapped because some believe it may depict gang signs.
The sticker in question was designed by 15-year-old Herbert Pulgar, who attends a school for troubled youth. It includes the city's skyline inside a heart, with hands pointing toward a police hat, firefighter helmet and paramedic symbol.
The boy said it was meant to honor city firefighters, paramedics and police.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza, reacting to concern the artwork contained gang signals, decided against its use.
The runner-up design will be used instead. That art depicts a firefighter, police officer and paramedic as superheroes.
Mendoza said Thursday she feels terrible by what Pulgar is going through.