SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate resurrected a plan Wednesday to raise the cost of license plates to help fund Illinois state parks.
On a 39-11 vote, the Senate approved legislation that would add $2 to the annual vehicle registration fee to raise an estimated $22 million.
The proceeds would be used to plug holes in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources budget. Supporters say about half of the money raised will go to park maintenance, with the remainder going to park operations.
The measure, which would push the license plate fee to $101, has already been approved by the House and now awaits action by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said the governor supports the proposal.
Once signed into law, it will mark the second time in three years that lawmakers have boosted car registration fees to help pay for other areas of state government. In 2009, for example, the fee went up by $20 to help pay for road, bridge and school construction projects.
Secretary of State Jesse White, who would have to administer the fee, opposes the increase.
Among those voting “no” were Republican state Sen. Bill Brady, of Bloomington, Dale Righter, of McCann, and Sam McCann, of Carlinville.
The legislation is Senate Bill 1566.