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2 Illinois legislators consider removing gas tax

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A pair of Democratic state representatives have introduced a plan to remove Illinois' sales tax on gasoline.

Sue Scherer of Decatur and Jack Franks of Marengo are sponsoring the bill. Scherer says high gas prices, which include a state surcharge of 6.25 percent, are frustrating her constituents.

Five percent of that surcharge goes to the state, with the rest going to cities and counties. Sue Hofer, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Revenue, says the state's portion brought $779 million to Illinois during the fiscal year that ended in June.

If the lawmakers' plan is approved, the sales tax would be removed beginning next July. Franks hopes to get the bill before a committee during the fall veto session.

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