Despite a Budget, Illinois Still Will NOT Mail out License Plate Reminder Notices
So, you would think with the state of Illinois passing a temporary stopgap budget, that once again the state would resume mailing reminder notices to drivers to renew their license plates.
Well, the answer is no. According to the Quad City Times, the stopgap budget that the Illinois legislature approved last week did indeed provide $35 million to cover funding of the Secretary of State's office through December, but, according a spokesman for Jesse White, his office has not decided whether or not it will once again resume mailing notices to Illinois drivers.
According to the Secretary of State's office, It is estimated, that the cost is $450,000 per month to mail out renewal notices to Illinois drivers. As you recall, The state of Illinois made headlines, in the fact that, it generated nearly 9.5 million dollars in fines, from motorist who forgot to renew their stickers.
That is a huge windfall for the state of Illinois. Although the money does not go to the Secretary of State's office, the money does go into the State of Illinois general fund, to be spent any way the state decides it would like to spend the money.
Henry Haupt, a spokesman for White's office told the Quad City Times:
We're still reviewing whether there's enough in the stopgap budget to resume sending out license plate sticker renewal reminder notices
Sounds like a bunch of baloney to me. If you live in Illinois, don't expect any movement on this any time soon. It is up to you to remember to renew your plates on your own.