$10 Million in Fines Harvested by Illinois Secretary of State from Unsuspecting Citizens

$10 Million in Fines Harvested by Illinois Secretary of State from Unsuspecting Citizens

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced last year that his office would stop mailing citizens license plate renewal notices because it was costing his office too much money. This has unfortunately marked an increase in unsuspecting drivers being ticket for outdated stickers and influx of cash for the government. Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, said that due to a lack of notices, Illinois has collected nearly $10 million on 476,550 late fees almost seven months into the year. That’s compared to $4.3 million on approximately 214,500 late fees over over the same time period a year ago. The Illinois House passed a bill that would have give drivers a 30 day grace period, in which drivers couldn’t be fined for outdated tags, but the Democrat-controlled Illinois Senate failed to act on the bill.

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