FYI, I tried something different yesterday and filed an IFR flight plan with VFR/055 in the altitude block. That generates a strip at the controller’s desk just like IFR but they see I am conducting the flight as VFR.
I was given a national beacon code and the handoff was accepted by CHI center from MLI tracon. The flight is missing in the airplane history. N1626X route MLI…C09 on 9/16/06 and was in the air around 2030Z.
I filed it from AOPA flight planner using DUATS and saw the response from the host when it was accepted as an IFR flight plan. Duats replied “transmitted to ZAU ARTCC” and it had “IFR” in the flight plan type block.