State legislation seeking to hike the gas tax to pay for roads and other infrastructure projects is pending in the legislature.
Under the proposal, which has been assigned to the Senate Executive Committee, the gas tax would go up 30 cents. That would bring the tax to 60-cents-per-gallon, which would reportedly cost the average driver an extra $12.50 per month.
No other U.S. state has a gas tax that high.
The measure, SB 3279, piggybacks off of recommendations from the Metropolitan Planning Council, which released a 10-year infrastructure improvement plan this week. The $43 billion proposal calls for hiking the gas tax by 30 cents and increasing vehicle registration fees by 50 percent to fund infrastructure projects.
"Seventy percent of our roads are in good shape. That's projected to get down to 60 percent in the next few years," said MPC Vice President Peter Skosey, reported WAND-TV. "We're really at a crucial moment where we need to start investing in our roads before they further deteriorate."
A proposal to increase the gas tax in Cook County is also on the table.
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin wants the gas tax hiked by 4 cents to pay for a youth employment and anti-violence initiative. Currently, Cook County has a 6-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline.