While all Illinois motorists are dealing with the state gas tax doubling to 38 cents per gallon on July 1, those in Lake and Will counties may face even steeper increases at the pumps.
As part of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s overall plan to generate the resources needed to fund his $45 billion capital spending plan, vehicle owners across the state will now be forced to dole out at least $100 more in annual motor fuel taxes, according to estimates. Gas purchased in Lake County and Will County, however, may be among the most expensive in the state as the new law allows for additional taxes of up to 8 cents per gallon to be imposed in those two counties.
Similarly, DuPage, Kane and McHenry counties have the ability to double their current 4-cents-per-gallon gas taxes to 8 cents under the new law, and Chicago can impose an additional tax up to 3 cents per gallon. As a result, the gas tax hike that landed on the same day as 20 other increases to various state taxes and fees could make Illinois home to the second-highest average gas tax burden in the country.