Transportation
3:43 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Coalition Proposes Illinois Gas Tax

Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state's deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump.

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-a-year plan is necessary to fund needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails. The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax.

It would add about 19 cents to today's price of a gallon of gas.

Coalition co-chairman Doug Whitley said the proposal would also increase vehicle licensing fees.

Bill Fleishli of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association counters that the fuel tax would hurt business.