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Illinois' Gas Tax Increase

Currently, the tax stands at 45 cents a gallon. On Monday, July 1, 2024, the gas tax increased to 47 cents a gallon. Illinois is behind only California, which charges residents 60 cents per gallon in gas taxes.

Before 2019, the state had a 19 cents per gallon gas tax. It was doubled that year to 38 cents to help fund a $45 billion infrastructure bill. At the same time, lawmakers set the tax to increase each year to adjust for inflation, sparing a public vote on a tax hike. In addition, in July 2022, the state put a freeze on the gas tax for six months as part of a package tax relief legislatio...


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