gas tax

A former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from Peoria is applauding the Illinois General Assembly for passing its first capital bill in 10 years.

Peoria County looks for ways to pay for roads

Nov 9, 2015

The Peoria County Board is considering options to pay for it’s road improvement program. Peoria County currently anticipates being short more than two million dollars a year in it’s road fund over the next five years.

The state of Illinois is more than $181 million behind in distributing monthly motor fuel tax revenue to municipalities, counties and other local governments amid the ongoing state budget impasse.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state of Illinois is more than $181 million behind in distributing monthly motor fuel tax revenue to municipalities, counties and other local governments amid the ongoing state budget impasse.

Records from the Illinois comptroller's office show more than $89 million is owed to municipalities and $63.6 million is owed to counties.

Another roughly $29 million hasn't been given to smaller townships and road districts, and many rely on the funding for most of their maintenance and repair budgets.

The Illinois House is considering legislation to free up millions of dollars in fuel-tax revenue owed to local governments. 

Peoria Public Radio

Gas station owners are asking lawmakers to not increase the fuel tax. They're concerned about the price of gas going up. 

The gas tax is used to help pay for road and bridge repairs. But the revenue it brings in fails to keep up with demand.  

LaHood: "U.S. is one big pothole"

Oct 16, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A former Peoria Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation says the country is one big pothole. Republican Ray LaHood spoke to an economics class Thursday at Bradley University on how building a strong infrastructure can boost the U.S. economy.

Lawmaker wants to change how gas is taxed

Sep 10, 2013

As gas prices rise and fall, there's one constant. However much you pay to fill your gas tank, it's taxed. Several proposals would change how.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has more.    

In Illinois, gasoline is taxed twice, so explains Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat from Marengo.

Lawmakers consider creating state Highway Commission

Apr 3, 2013

  The annual ICAT transportation conference included a panel on state funding for  transportation projects. Some state lawmakers say there are better ways to fund infrastructure projects than by passing an occasional massive construction bill. Democratic senator Martin Sandoval chairs the senate transportation committee.  He says he supports forming an independent highway commission to regulate infrastructure funding like other utilities: