Bill introduced to save taxpayer dollars

8/2/2017, 3:56 p.m.

Motorists in Illinois would continue to receive vehicle registration reminders in the mail under legislation passed by state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood, which allows the secretary of state to offset the cost to taxpayers by printing small advertisements on the reminders.

Walsh sponsored House Bill 394, which would allow the secretary of state's office to offset the cost of vehicle registration reminders by including small advertisements

on the letters. According to the Secretary, the reminder mailings cost taxpayers approximately $450,000 a month in postage. Walsh's bill will give the secretary of

state financial flexibility during the ongoing budget crisis to ensure these reminders continue being mailed out.

In October 2015, vehicle registration reminders were discontinued due to the budget crisis. Mail reminders were reinstated August 2016 after the passage of a stopgap budget. Walsh also supported a new law last year waving late fees for drivers who didn't receive a registration reminder in the mail and failed to renew their registration.

Walsh is also encouraging drivers to sign up for email vehicle registration reminders at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

House Bill 394 passed the General Assembly with bipartisan support and awaits the governor's signature to become law.