SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is getting a windfall of more than $1 million from its decision earlier this year to stop mailing reminders for motorists to renew their license plate stickers.
Figures provided to The Associated Press by the Secretary of State's Office show the amount collected in $20 fees doubled the first two months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
Drivers paid more than $2.7 million in fines from Jan. 1 through Feb. 22. Last year, the state collected about $1.5 million in fines for those two months.
The Secretary of State's Office stopped mailing renewal reminders in October as a way to save an estimated $450,000 during the state's months-long budget crisis.
January was the first month after a grace period following the last reminder notices.