Stewart laws help communities, address vehicle issues

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) is the sponsor of new laws that help communities, and address vehicle issues.

House Bill 1916 requires the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to update its policy for notifying the public about construction projects. The new law provides that the policy include a requirement that IDOT contact the highway commissioner located in each IDOT district that will be impacted by a proposed construction project. The policy shall be completed and published on IDOT’s Web site by Jan. 1, 2022.

“Many times, the public is not aware of new or expanded road construction projects, which can cause delays in travel time and affect childcare and work responsibilities.  Local governments might also be caught unaware that a road construction project is about to affect its residents and businesses,” Stewart said. “House Bill 1916 is intended to promote better notification by IDOT to local highway commissions and to the public of upcoming transportation projects and road closures.”

Passed by unanimous votes of the House of Representatives and the Senate, House Bill 1916 has an immediate effective date.

House Bill 2061 provides 12-year extensions of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts as requested by officials in the City of Mount Carroll and the Village of Elizabeth. By extending the life of a TIF with the leave of the affected taxing districts, a municipality is able to increase bond authorization for new and/or continuing economic development projects within the TIF district.

House Bill 2061 has an immediate effective date.

House Bill 2548 allows an expanded-use antique vehicle to be driven on the highways for purposes other than travel to and from an antique auto show or an exhibition, or for servicing or demonstration, from March 1 through November 30 (currently, from April 1 through October 31).

To qualify for Expanded-Use Antique License Plates, motor vehicles, including motorcycles, must be more than 25 years old. Firefighting vehicles must be at least 20 years old.

Passed by unanimous votes of the House of Representatives and the Senate, House Bill 2548 has an immediate effective date.

House Bill 3855 amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to provide that drivers from out-of-state are subject to the penalties for uninsured motorists under the Illinois Vehicle Code.

“This new law is an initiative of the Illinois State Police to address an oversight that resulted when rewriting the penalties for uninsured motorists,” Stewart said. “It has been brought to the State Police’s attention that State’s Attorneys cannot prosecute out-of-state drivers for driving with no proof of insurance.”

Passed by unanimous votes of the House of Representatives and the Senate, House Bill 3855 has an effective date of Jan. 1, 2022.

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