Illinois gets $5.24 million windfall as motorists rack up fees for late vehicle registration

By Amy Korte
Budget gridlock in Springfield caused the Illinois secretary of state’s office to suspend mailing vehicle-registration-renewal reminders in October 2015; as a result, the state took in $5.24 million more in fees for late license-plate renewal between January and June 21, 2016, than it did during the same period in 2015.

TAGS: Illinois Secretary of State, license plate, vehicle registration

From budget gridlock to traffic gridlock: Resumption of vehicle-emissions-testing requirements causes traffic jams

By Amy Korte
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is again mailing notices of vehicle-emissions-testing requirements to vehicle owners, and effective June 1, the Illinois secretary of state has resumed requiring certain drivers to pass emissions tests prior to renewing their license plates. Drivers scrambling to comply by the secretary of state’s June 1 effective date caused headline-making traffic jams throughout Chicago and its suburbs.

TAGS: budget, emissions test, Illinois Secretary of State, vehicle registration