Illinois Earning Millions From License Renewal Fines

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The state of Illinois is raking in millions of dollars from fines on license plate stickers.

Illinois stopped mailing reminders to save money while there’s no state budget.  More than 136,000 drivers forgot to renew their license plate stickers so far this year, that’s more than double the total during the same period from last year.

So far, the state has collected $2.7 million in fines since the beginning of the year.

“I don’t see how they can change you for something we’re not being reminded,” said driver John Manke.  “I mean, how many people look at their own license plates.”

The money collected does not go to the Secretary of State’s office, but the general revenue fund.

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