The Illinois Senate has until Thursday to act on a bill that would give drivers a grace period of 30 days during which they could not be ticketed for having an expired license plate.  Due to the lack of a 2016 budget, the Illinois Secretary of State collected $5 million more in late fees for vehicle license plates than it did last year.

The fees go directly to the general revenue fund and the Secretary of State’s Office will see no direct benefit.  Spokesman Dave Druker says the office ran out of money and was unable to mail out notices this year.

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A bill that passed the state House would give drivers a 30-day grace period before motorists are ticketed for an expired plate, but it still must pass the state Senate.

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