Illinois gas tax rakes in over $500 million in three months

The gas tax doubled from 19 cents per gallon to 38 cents on July 1.

Alex Degman
October 08, 2019 - 12:16 pm
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ILLINOIS (KMOX) — It's only three months into Illinois' fiscal year, but the state — as expected — has already doubled the amount of money it's taken in from the new gasoline tax. 

The gas tax doubled from 19 cents per gallon to 38 cents on July 1 — implemented to help better fund road and bridge projects, local governments and local transit districts.

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In a little more than three months, as of Oct. 7, the state has brought in $572 million from people paying at the pump. That's compared to $1.3 billion brought in during all of last year. 

Gas prices on either side of the Mississippi vary — but they're pretty close.

GasBuddy.com reports St. Louis City has gas ranging between $2.30 and $2.49 a gallon for regular unleaded, East St. Louis stations vary between $2.49 and $2.89 per gallon, most Granite City stations are fairly consistent around $2.55.

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