House Representatives Deal with Soaring Gas Prices

Illinois House Republicans say the state should hold a special legislative session to look into ways to help people deal with soaring gasoline prices.

Some Republicans say they've sent a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones. It suggests that Illinois consider the temporary elimination of its share of taxes on fuel and legislation to increase the use of ethanol.

State Senator Dave Syverson spearheaded a similar campaign a few weeks ago. The Republicans say their proposals would reduce gas prices by about 28 cents per gallon.

A spokeswoman for Jones says a similar moratorium on taxes in 2000 didn't help motorists. And a Madigan spokesman says the House speaker is unlikely to agree to the G-O-P's call for a special session.