People who haven’t paid their traffic tickets could lose money from their tax returns if a proposal in Springfield becomes law. For state workers, that could mean the state would get that money from their paychecks. State Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), the bill’s sponsor, says debtors should be held accountable, especially state employees.
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“I think state workers should set an example and by following all the laws and rules and regulations, and if they are employed by us then they should pay all their fines and tickets they have,” Reboletti says. State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) says the proposal isn’t about accountability. It’s about the money. “You didn’t do it because it’s good legislation,” Dunkin told Reboletti. “You’re doing it because municipalities and county governments need to capture more funds.” The state would also charge debtors a $15 processing fee. State employees would lose up to 25 percent of their paychecks per pay period until the debt is paid off. If the House approves the proposal it will go to the governor.