Providing Illinois motorists with some relief at the gas pump and promoting the development and use of alternative fuels like ethanol is the aim of legislation cosponsored by Senator Tim Bivins.

Senate Bill 2570 requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to establish and administer the Illinois Corn Grain to Fuel Research Consortium Assistance Program. The legislation also exempts a portion of state sales tax on gasoline when the pump price of motor fuel – including gasoline, gasohol and diesel fuel – exceeds $2.50 per gallon.

“A year ago, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas was about $2.88, now it is more than $3.50. Consumers need some relief,” Senator Bivins said. “What this legislation proposes is to exempt a portion of the state sales tax on gasoline when the price at the pump goes higher than $2.50 per gallon.”

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