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License plates could cost extra $2 under plan to help fund state parks

Updated: May 25, 2012 5:40AM

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois license plates would cost $2 more per year to help finance state parks under a plan the House will consider.

The measure has been proposed as an alternative to a parks fee imposed by the Department of Natural Resources.

Natural Resources Director Marc Miller says his agency has a budget of $49 million but needs about $80 million. Fee revenue would be split between park maintenance and operations.

The basic annual license plate fee is $99. It was last increased by $20 in 2009 for a $33 billion capital construction program.


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