Sec. of State Supports HB 4334; and more from INN Radio

Sec. of State Supports HB4334

The Secretary of State’s office doesn’t want to be critical of law enforcement but says a recent story about police picking off expired plates in a parking lot isn’t good social policy.

The Daily Herald reports 816 people were ticketed in January by Schaumburg police for violating the village’s ordinance prohibiting parking vehicles with expired plates in public areas. Those fines go to the village. Meanwhile Secretary of State Press Secretary Dave Druker says House Bill 4334 could suspend fines from the state for expired plates during a budget impasse.

“It doesn’t tell the police what to do, it would actually ask them to give warning notices in this period of time. Where its got specific teeth would be to say that there wouldn’t be a late fee, the penalty, that one pays to renew after 30 days.”

The state suspended sending out renewal notices beginning last October because of the budget impasse, something they estimate saves $450,000 a month.

State saw increase in late plate renewal fines

Since then they’ve seen an increase in fines for renewing expired plates, according Druker.

As a result between this year and last year the state generated an increase of $1.4 million.”

That’s money that goes to the General Revenue Fund, not the Secretary of State. Drucker says they hope HB 4334 will be passed.

“We don’t want to see anyone penalized, especially if it is out of not knowing or ignorance.”

HB 4334 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Transportation Committee next week, but until that measure is passed, the office encourages vehicle owners to look at the plates for the expiration date.

Heartland: Governor missed opportunity to highlight school choice

Though the governor has said he supports school choice, he didn’t include that in this month’s budget address, and that was a missed opportunity, according to the Heartland Institute.

Early and K-12 education funding was a big theme from Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this month in his budget address to lawmakers where the governor talked about providing a record level of funding and working to address the funding formula. However, he did not talk about school choice, something Lennie Jarratt, project manager for education transformation with the Heartland Institute, says is regrettable.

“He has the bully pulpit basically at that point. So more people are paying attention, all the legislators are sitting there listening to him, all the media is there.”

Heartland: School choice can work with traditional schools

While some criticized the governor for not addressing higher education during his budget address to lawmakers last week, Jarratt says the speech was short on support for giving parents and students more choice on where to get quality education.

“You see the missed opportunity in the budget address, you should talk about what you really want to do, how you want to do it.”

While Jarratt says there are objectors who think school choice will take away from traditional schools, he says school choice is workable.

“There are ways to make this work that don’t involve just continue raising taxes or increasing monies going into the traditional public schools.”

Since the budget address, the governor has talked about support for school choice in various parts of the state.