Bill would promote use of biodiesel in Illinois

| Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The effort to promote biodiesel in America may get a big boost if a proposal in Illinois passes. But truckers who pay fuel taxes to the state would foot at least part of the bill.

The measure, HB112, would require every diesel vehicle owned by any government in Illinois – state, county or local – to use a blend of fuel that is at least 50 percent biodiesel.

In addition, it would raise the state’s motor fuel tax from 19 cents per gallon to 19.1. The extra one-tenth of a cent would be placed in a fund to reimburse those governments one cent for every gallon of the biodiesel blend their vehicles consume.

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, was filed Jan. 6. It is now before the House Rules Committee.

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