Fuel retailers sue the Pritzker Administration over forced advertising on gas tax freeze

The Illinois Fuel & Retail Association and two large fuel distributors recently filed a lawsuit against the Pritzker Administration over its requirement that they post large signs at each pump advertising the Governor’s election-year, six-month gas tax freeze.

The lawsuit takes aim at the measure that mandates gas stations to post 4-by-8-inch signs informing motorists of the General Assembly and Governor’s action to push off the tax increase until after the election.

Senator Sue Rezin says this mandate is nothing more than an election-year gimmick by the Governor, who is trying to trick consumers into thinking he is providing them relief. Instead, consumers will now be faced with two tax increases in 2023—one in January and another in July.

Senate Republicans had an alternative plan to provide real, meaningful relief at the pump, which would save consumer about 16 cents per gallon.

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