Is a gas tax increase the key to solving the dilapidated road problem in Illinois?

The shutdown of a portion of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive Monday put the focus on the problem of dilapidated roads and bridges across Illinois. 

What is it going to take to fix the problem? Some say the solution lies in a gas tax.

Currently, drivers are paying 19 cents a gallon in a state gas tax. That money is supposed to fund roads and bridges in Illinois. That number, 19 cents, was established in 1990 and hasn’t budged a penny since.

Fuel efficiency, inflation and lack of legislation action on the issue has some convinced the state’s gas tax is running out of steam.