Bill proposing Illinois mileage tax dropped

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Feb. 26, 2019, 10:10 a.m.

A bill intended to introduce a pilot program to tax Illinois drivers by the mile has been tabled.

HB 2864​ was tabled on Feb. 21, one week after being proposed. The voluntary per-mile usage charge would have been $0.021 for each mile driven.

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Published: Feb. 15, 2019, 12:55 p.m.

A Chicago-area lawmaker introduces a controversial mileage tax before the Illinois legislature.

Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. (D-Chicago) says House Bill 2864 creates a pilot program that would recruit voluntary participants. It would then impose a tax on each mile those vehicle owners drive instead of making them pay the current 19-cent tax on each gallon of gas.

The voluntary per-mile usage charge would be $0.021 for each mile driven.

HB2864 now goes to the rules committee for review.

Illinois is one of only a handful of states that uses a motor-fuel tax.