An Illinois Truckers association warns against gas tax hike without debate

An association for truckers in Illinois expects a gas tax increase to be debated, but it doesn’t want to see the hike rushed through the General Assembly during the lame duck session at the statehouse that wraps up this week.

While no legislation has been filed, Gov. Bruce Rauner and some politicians have said that lame duck lawmakers could spring a gas tax hike at the last minute, but that idea seems to be fizzling out. However, a motor fuel tax increase could dominate the next legislature that’s seated Wednesday. Rauner’s former Transportation Secretary, Randy Blankenhorn, recently said that raising the gas tax would raise money needed to maintain and modernize the state’s infrastructure. Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also recently called for a 20 to 30 cent per gallon gas tax increase to pay for roads.