- Published: 07 December 2015
CHICAGO - Every year, northwest Chicago-area motorists pay millions of dollars in state gas taxes for road salt, snowplow repair, patching potholes and other road projects and maintenance. After much back and forth between members of the legislature and the governor, that money will finally be returning back to where it belongs.
“This is money that the people of Cook County paid to maintain their communities,” said state Sen. John Mulroe, a Chicago Democrat who represents parts of the city and other northwest suburbs in the Illinois Senate. “With the onset of winter, municipalities are going to start experiencing very harsh conditions that deteriorate infrastructure.”
In 2014, Chicago received more than $66,734,774 in gas tax money. Local governments throughout the 10th District received more than $5.1 million in gas tax money last year.
Other area communities received the following amounts in 2014:
The Motor Fuel tax, like other forms of state revenue, requires official authorization in order to spend it. The house voted on a similar bill, SB 2046, and it passed, but not before it was stalled in that chamber. Following last week’s leaders meeting, the house reconvened and passed another effort to get these funds back to the districts that they are owed.
“The unfortunate circumstances of the last five months could have been avoided had Governor Rauner worked with the General Assembly rather than veto the entire budget,” Mulroe said. “The good news is that $3.1 billion is going out the door to help Illinoisans everywhere, from lottery winners to adults seeking continuing education.”
The legislation – SB 2039 – passed today with a 53-0 vote, and now goes to the governor.