Per-Mile Driving Tax Screeches to a Halt in Illinois General Assembly (HB2864)

Taxing Illinois drivers by the mile may be off Springfield’s itinerary.

State Rep. Marcus Evans Jr., D-Chicago, tabled a proposal in the Illinois House of Representatives on Feb. 19 that sought to create a pilot program for a vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, tax. Evans introduced House Bill 2864 in the Illinois House of Representatives on Feb. 14, and tabled it a week after introducing the bill.

In a state that ranks lowest in government trust but among the highest in gasoline taxes, voters can find encouragement in Evans’ responsiveness to Illinoisans’ voices: More than 30,000 people signed a petition on stating their opposition to a VMT tax after the bill was filed.