Gas tax increase nets $400 million more from Illinois drivers over first four months

 Illinois drivers paid nearly $400 million more in gas taxes than usual over the first four months of a statewide gas tax increase.

The Illinois Department of Revenue reports that Illinois drivers paid nearly $826.5 million in motor fuel taxes from July-October 2019.

In comparison, Illinois’ gas tax netted $429.8 million from drivers during the same timeframe in 2018.

The state’s gas tax hike took effect July 1, 2019 as part of “Rebuild Illinois,” a $45 billion capital plan designed to fix infrastructure, update state facilities, fund education programs and create jobs.