Transportation Funding

Rebuild Illinois generates new transportation funding for the state, local governments, and transit agencies. See below for a summary of increased fees and estimated new annual revenues.

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INCREASED FEES & ADDITIONAL ANNUAL REVENUES

To address significant transportation funding shortfalls statewide, the following transportation-related fees were increased in Rebuild Illinois. These fee increases will generate more than $1.9 billion in new revenue annually.

ADDITIONAL ANNUAL REVENUE FROM INCREASED RATES
NOTE: these revenue estimates were calculated assuming a year with typical travel habits; the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to impact motor fuel tax revenues as summarized in this ILEPI report.

Calculations performed using data from the following sources: Illinois Department of Revenue (MFT); Illinois Secretary of State (Vehicle registrations and truck registrations); Illinois Comptroller (certificate of titles)

MOTOR FUEL TAXES

Having not been increased since 1990, gasoline taxes were doubled and special fuel taxes were increased by $0.24 per gallon starting July 1, 2019. Rates will be indexed to inflation, with the rate increasing by an amount equal to the percentage increase in the CPI-U on each following July 1. Rates were most recently increased on July 1, 2020; see the Illinois Department of Revenue website for current motor fuel tax rates.

PASSENGER, ELECTRIC, AND TRUCK VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES

As summarized in the table above, the registration fee for passenger vehicles, electric vehicles, and trucks were increased. The electric vehicle registration is now equal to all other passenger vehicles, plus an additional $100 fee per year.

CERTIFICATE OF TITLE FEES

Beginning July 1, 2019, certificate of title fees were changed, as summarized to the right. The standard certificate of title fee increased by $55, but duplicate titles decreased by $45. Additionally, fees for motor homes and campers were increased by $155, salvage certificate increased by $16, and junking certificates are added at $10.


DISTRIBUTION OF NEW ANNUAL REVENUES

This new revenue will be split between the Transportation Renewal Fund and the Road Fund.

Transportation Renewal Fund: newly created in Rebuild Illinois to distribute funding between state and local governments, as summarized in the table below.

Road Fund: funding for IDOT administration, expenses for construction and reconstruction projects, administration for Chapters 2-10 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, and certain public transportation expenses (30 ILCS 105).

DISTRIBUTION OF NEW ANNUAL REVENUES BY FUND
NOTE: these revenue estimates were calculated assuming a year with typical travel habits; the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to impact motor fuel tax revenues as summarized in this ILEPI report.

* A variety of certificate fee increases and decreases were adopted. This is only showing an estimate using the increase for standard certificate of title fees. See SB 1939 Fact Sheet for complete information.

DISTRIBUTION OF TRANSPORTATION RENEWAL FUND
NOTE: these revenue estimates were calculated assuming a year with typical travel habits; the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to impact motor fuel tax revenues as summarized in this ILEPI report.